Wednesday, September 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
attn: News Desk
Pain for Dogs Doubles at Huntingdon Life Sciences;
Overall HLS Experimentation Drops
Somerset, NJ – Recently obtained federal reports reveal that Huntingdon Life Sciences use of dogs in painful experiments without anesthesia has more than doubled, even though their overall experimental business has dropped.
In 2008, 77 dogs were force-fed toxic substances whose side effects caused substantial pain, without receiving anesthesia. At least 5 of these dogs were so injured by the toxic substances that they had to be killed. In 2007, only 30 dogs were used in experiments involving unrelieved pain.
“The concept that dogs, no different than those who share 43,000,000 American homes, are literally poisoned inside the labs of this facility is totally shocking,” added Budkie. “This is not science; this is nothing short of animal abuse.”
However, these same reports reveal that animal activists’ campaign against the Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) Corporation has been effective. Government reports filed by the company disclose a one-year drop of 34% in animal use at the New Jersey laboratory.
2007 animal use reported to the USDA by HLS was 2143 regulated animals (not including rats, mice etc.). 2008 animal use plummeted to 1415, a drop of more than 1/3.
“Clearly the campaign by animal activists is having a major impact,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., executive director, SAEN. “Anytime you see a 1/3 drop in business in one year something is very wrong.”
The USDA reports are available upon request from SAEN.
Note from WAR: Our sincere appreciation to Michael Budkie and SAEN for obtaining and posting this information. For your convenience, we have obtained copies of the USDA reports from SAEN and have posted links to each of the three reports below. Just click on the links. If you have a problem accessing the reports from the links below, drop us an e-mail and we will send them to you as attachments.
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