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with the Truth!!!

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They call us terrorists. They say our stock-in-trade is threats & intimidation…

We say, why fight it?. Let’s own it. Let’s re-frame their own delusional rhetoric and get to work.

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NIO Florida is encouraging an all-out war to Threaten Students With the Truth. If this intimidates the enemy, if this constitutes terrorism, then sign us up….

May 2 – May 6, 2011 (Round One)

The War on Vivisection Students is commencing at universities around the country next week and, as requested, we are publishing our initial leaflets to be used freely by every single activist going into universities to intercept the enemy’s indoctrination program before it’s too late…

It’s the end of this semester and here is where we must begin. There are all kinds of yearend events that can be infiltrated. Don’t be afraid to disrupt bio students taking their final exams. We may be starting on Monday, but we all must continue to infiltrate student affairs through the fall… summer school, registration, be at the bookstores when they are loading up on bio texts… we are limited only by our imaginations, dedication, and determination…

This is a war and the animals are losing. It’s up to us to even up the playing field.

Let’s get rid of the new crop of sadists now before they become entrenched…

If not now, when?

If not us, who?

The following presentation in Critical Animal Studies (CAS) was given by Ian Purdy at Brock University on April 20, 2011. The presentation prompted a lively discussion about tactics, strategies, creative activism and the need for activists to adapt their approach as is warranted by the enemy target and the environment. Ian is working toward his Master’s Degree in CAS.

NIO FLORIDA’S ANTI-VIVISECTION CAMPAIGN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

This evening I’d like to share details of a very creative anti-vivisection campaign going on at the UF.

I. Background

The University of Florida (UF) and vivisection

UF, located in Gainesville, is one of the largest research universities in the U.S. It was awarded $574 million in research expenditures in 2009.[1] Numbers aren’t available yet for 2010. A portion of this research money goes to animal experimentation, of course. The estimated tens of thousands of animals used at UF  include dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cows, alligators, rabbits, birds, rats, mice, fish. There are also at least 33 primates, some of whom are macaque and capuchin monkeys.[2]

UF made the list of Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN)’s top lethal labs of 2010. It was number 3 on a list of 20 labs that have killed animals through negligence and have been cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) (an act federally-regulated protocols) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The animals were 1 rabbit 6 rats; the cause of death was broken back and being boiled alive.[3]

[1] (http://www.research.ufl.edu/research/pdf/dsrannual2009.pdf)
[2] (animals used: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/fl/res-fr-fl-ufg-aphis-2009-1.html.)
[3] (http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/articles-2010lethallabs.html.)

The ongoing anti-vivisection campaign

Being run by Negotiation is Over Florida. Uncompromising position statement:

“We unequivocally oppose any and all research conducted upon animals. They exist to enjoy their own lives. Animals are not a resource to be used by humans.”

They also have a uncompromising definition of vivisection:

“The practice of experimenting on living animals to garner money and professional accolades.”

In terms of inception

The campaign began in Sept. 2010. The decision to target UF was made after a lecture was given by a member Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN) which covered some of the experiments that were going on at UF, among them brain mapping in monkeys, and covered the deaths of several animals from neglect. (More on brain mapping later.)

[Saen is a signatory of the newly formed Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation (CCAARE).]

In terms of laying the foundation

NIO Fla started researching the goings on in the labs at UF using the National Institute of Health (NIH) database. The NIH reveals the amounts of U.S. federal dollars being funneled into universities and for which experiments they are to be used. However, as the activists have discovered, what the NIH grant is supposed to be earmarked for and what it is actually used for may be two different things entirely.

Finally, after identifying specific UF vivisectors, NIO Fla turned to PubMed to determine the extent and nature of their research. For example, activists were able to determine that Mingzhou Ding had authored 781 articles dating from 1975 in which he’d used every animal from rodents to non-human primates in his research experiments.

II. Approaches

Exposing the Experimenters & the Suffering

NIO Fla was guided by the premise that animal experimentation depends on a solid wall of secrecy that the public can’t penetrate to flourish. Public exposure is what experimenters fear most.

Therefore, exposing individual experimenters and the details of their work was a central tenet of their campaign.

There are other reasons for focusing on individuals, however:

  • First, the vivisection complex so too big to tackle as a whole; concentrating on specific individuals makes it manangeable.
  • Secondly, activists wanted to isolate vivisectors who used monkeys. The focus on monkeys was strategic: both in terms of engaging public support for the campaign, but also because ending the use of monkeys in research was deemed “winnable” strategy.

This played on initiatives like The Great Apes Project, which has garnered a lot of support in its bid to grant legal personhood to chimpanzees & bonobos.

Vivisectors are clearly aware of public sentiment on this issue, and frequently stress that most animal experimentation is done using the more socially devalued rats & mice.

Thus the activists chose to focus on:

Marco Salemi

Marco Salemi, a Medical Pathologist. They publicized that he used $700,000 in tax-payer funded grants to sicken dozens of macaque monkeys with neuroAIDS, a designer-strain of the AIDS virus that causes damage to the organs. His claim to fame is driving primates insane by inducing dementia.

Mingzhou Ding

Mingzhou Ding, a Neuroscientist who was bringing in $260,000 a year to do so called “brain mapping” experiments on primates.

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by Masha Hargreaves

Although Alpha Genesis boasts of providing the most physically and psychologically healthy primates on the market, medical records and necropsy reports paint a different picture. Chronic stress has a profound effect on the physical and psychological health of captive primates and the monkeys at Alpha Genisis demonstrate many stress related disorders.

Hundreds of monkeys at the facility are reported to have hair loss due to over grooming, a stereotypic behavior generally caused by stress. Colitis and enteritis, also common stress indicators, account for over 30 deaths reported in 2009-2010. These chronic inflammations of the GI tract cause diarrhea, poor weight gain and muscle wasting. The health effects of long term stress not only degrade the health of these animals, they also waste valuable research dollars by interfering with experimental results.

Fatal trauma accounted for over 25 monkey deaths at Alpha Genesis in 2009-2010. Many of the monkeys killed by trauma were infants. For example one monkey was euthanized after being found with the

“left leg detached at the knee, severed, hanging by skin. Rectum totally detached from anal tissue and skin…Left arm displaced at shoulder with puncture wound.”

This monkey was pulled through a fence by a female in a neighboring pen. Another monkey was found with a

“large open wound to the scalp, skull fracture, brain exposed.”

And yet another had a chest wound exposing the heart. Infanticide is a common problem in psychologically unhealthy monkey colonies. However, the high incidence of trauma is not limited to infants.

Necropsy reports detail many cases of fatal trauma in adult monkeys as well. Medical examination reports of living monkeys also support the evidence that trauma is a common problem for animals at Alpha Genesis. In these documents, many monkeys are reported to be missing one or both ears. Broken and fractured digits on the hands and feet are also common. Many monkeys are missing multiple fingers and toes. Medical reports detail one monkey with an “open wound to hand, finger bone exposed.” Other monkeys are missing all or part of their tails.

A remarkable number of monkeys are reported to have old trauma wounds on various parts of their bodies.

The high incidence of trauma among monkeys at AG exposes grave lapses in the quality of their primate programs. On its website, Alpha Genesis claims “there is no better boarding school.” However, necropsy reports reveal that monkeys at their facility died from a range of issues including fatal trauma, heat stroke, stress, pneumonia and complications with anesthesia. Monkey #DM5P was full-term pregnant when she died of heat stroke. More than seven other monkeys died of causes related to heatstroke. Another monkey was killed in what is described as an “enrichment injury” which caused heat stroke and cardiac arrest. An infant monkey was found “badly decomposed, eaten by ants.” It seems the monkey was allowed to decompose on the ground of its pen before being removed. In fact, several monkeys were so badly decomposed at the time of necropsy that no valuable information regarding their deaths could be obtained.

Other causes of death at the facility include pneumonia, chronic enteritis and colitis, complications with anesthesia and maternal rejection of infants. Alpha Genesis is not only letting down the monkeys in their care, they are also wasting the tax dollars which fund its boarding programs. Would you board your dog or cat at a facility with this record?

Necropsy Breakdown – Of 124 necropsies, causes of death (examples provided) include:

Heatstroke: at least 8 cases

Primate # TA-548: cause of death : heatstroke resulting in cardiac failure

Fatal Trauma: over 25 cases, many involving infants

Primate# CV1C: “Skin wounds everywhere, worst seen.” “Summary: severe trauma, systemic bacterial infection”
Primate# DL19: Euthanized due to“severe trauma arms, legs and face. Necrotic tissue on both forearms, fingers black (8)- not viable”

Colitis/Enteritis: over 30 cases

Primate# FB9P: found “lethargic, dehydrated, sunken-eyed.” Euthanized due to “hemorrhagic enteritis.”

Complications with anesthesia: 2 cases

Primate# DV42: cause of death: “cardiac arrest secondary to anesthetic complications.”

Autolysis, too decomposed to yield results: at least 5 cases

Primate# T-A548: “Badly decomposed, eaten by ants. Unable to find anything of diagnostic value.”

Failure to Thrive: at least 5 cases

Pneumonia: more than 5 cases

Maternal rejection: 4 cases

Other interesting necropsy findings:

Primate# DV43: “Enrichment injury causing heat stroke and death.”Animal found with left arm swollen to twice the normal size.
Primate # T-A099: Euthanized due to septicemia. A badly healed fracture resulted in an abscess and a severe systemic infection.
Primate# DJ4T: Despite having severe muscle atrophy with “permanant constricture of the elbows and knees,” this primate was not euthanized. Instead, she died of enteritis.
Primate #DM5P: This primate”s pregnancy was full term when she died of heat stroke.

Alpha Genesis Inc. 2010 Medical reports:

The following excerpts from 2009-2010 medical reports reveal a grim situation for monkeys at a facility which claims to “provide the highest standard of care” to the animals it maintains. An asterisk indicates a monkey’s status as a “boarder.” Because tax dollars pay to board hundreds of monkeys at Alpha genesis, the poor condition of these animals is particularly relevant.

*Primate# DN1D: “right eyelid ripped off”
*Primate# DP9B: “Trauma to entire face. Skin on skull soft as if pussed up.”
*Primate# DX1K: “Alopecia ( hair loss) on entire body.”
*Primate# FE39: “Alopecia on back and leg, appears to be from aggression. Small puncture wound on right leg.”
*Primate# FB4K: “3rd digit on left hand broken, healed wrong.”
*Primate# FA7L: “Diarrhea, missing all fingers on right hand.”
*Primate# A648: “1st digit on left foot broke, vet to amputate. Eyes are puffy and swollen. Abrasions to face.”
*Primate# CP5H: “Right ear missing, left ear missing half.”
*Primate # DP3C: “Bruised on face, head and arms.
Primate# DJ2T: Third Trimester pregnant, “has no nipples.”
Primate# DP82: “In clinic on treatment, severe trauma on left side.”
Primate# FA2K: “Right hand missing digits 1 and 2. Right ear healed tear. 2/3 tail missing.”
Primate #CG74: “in clinic on treatment for arm amputation.”
Primate# CV16: “degloved tail

Camille: Did you remember to bring that list of attendees?L
isa: Yes….it’s 24×36, lol!

“Welcome to NIO, you’ve made our list of murderers!”

Simulposted with Negotiation Is Over Every year UF’s Silver Society recognizes the 25th reunion of alumni. As we work to stop the flow of money into UF, this demographic is very important in that lumni drive finance and drive policy in universities. As we know, the less money UF gets the fewer primates they can torture. NIO Florida is committed to removing as many tools of oppression as possible from the hands of UF’s mutilators and closing their heinous prison camps…until every cage is empty and all are free. As the attendees arrived they were led down a carpet by a gauntlet of revelers then through a balloon arch while being cheered on for the college they graduated from. NIO met them from many angles showing vivisection pics and telling them when they write a check, this is what they are approving. Some arriving attendees tried to walk around us, others laughed, still others tried to not look as they huddled closer to each other! NIO will again be in full force when bio-students – apprentice vivisectors – arrive for the new fall semester.

KEY ACTIONS:– We didn’t announce this protest, so we had the element of surprise:

  • The night before NIO blanketed the designated hotels with our new leaflets.
  • The Silver Society planned to be the only ones there so the party started outside for us.
  • Tresspassed activists met the revelers with a “We Are Watching You” roll call as the entered the affair.
  • Activists that weren’t trespassed were free to enter and hold signs at the sign-in table.
  • Surprise NIO is here! One of the cops who had banned us in December called for backup. They pulled at least extra agent of repression off the street.

Follow the campaign against animal experimentation at the University of Florida HERE.

Keep up to date on “The War on Vivisection Students” HERE.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration, send a note to camille@negotiationisover.com.

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