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  5 Boston research labs targeted Monday as part of national protests; Dozens of federal law violations, strangulation of primate are cited

Sunday, October 15, 2006
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)

ATTN: Daybook/Monday Assignment Desk

BOSTON - Five Boston-area research facilities will be picketed here Monday to highlight an unprecedented number of violations of federal law and gross animal abuse by the area laboratories -including one case at Harvard where a primate was strangled to death.

Demonstrators said they will hold a news briefing outlining dozens of violations MONDAY, 10:15 a.m. across from the Shuttle Bus Stop at 221 Longwood Street.

Protestors will visit, in order, Harvard Medical School (14 Animal Welfare Act violations), Boston University (11 AWA violations), Harvard University (18 AWA violations), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (10 AWA violations) and Massachusetts General Hospital (9 AWA violations).

The news conference is sponsored by SAEN, a Cincinnati-based non-profit watchdog which last week confronted researchers at the University of California about the deaths of 7 primates who were "cooked" to death in a lab, that a whistleblower, and former employee, said Wednesday could have been prevented.

And, at the University of Washington, SAEN filed an official complaint last week after animals mysteriously died, and the head of one primate was taken by the researcher, who refused to return it to lab veterinarians trying to determine how the animal died.

The actions are part of nationwide demonstrations - Primate Liberation Week - sponsored by SAEN, which has charged primate research is unethical, ineffective in curing human diseases and wastes research monies that could be helping people.

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of SAEN, said analysis by scientists of primate research, which brings tens of millions of dollars to university research programs, is a "waste of precious and limited health care and research resources."


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