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Janine Sikes Public Relations Director, UF

Dear Harvey Levin:

We’ve been watching the celebrity scandal unfold with the University of Florida Director of Public Relations, Janine Sikes, and we could not be more amused by her stellar display of national buffoonery… wait, no, actually we could be more amused… that’s why we’re writing to you… We’d like share our gossip where we know it will be appreciated! 😀

Allow us first to introduce ourselves. We are NIO Florida and we are “animal right extremists.” We need to get this out of the way because that word “extremists” is generally tossed around to discredit activists. However, we are extremely opposed to rape, we are extremely opposed to child slavery, we are extremely opposed to any number of things, among them, we are EXTREMELY opposed to animal abuse. So we are proud and admitted extremists.

Now allow us to introduce you to the Janine Sikes that we know and love. We think every taxpayer needs to understand that we are funding research at the University of Florida. Yet, you may be interested to know that Janine Sikes is on public record denying UF’s invovlement in said research. And, much to our surprise, after Sike’s public denouncement of taxpayer-funded experiments taking place at UF, they yet applied for and received MORE taxpayer money for the experiments in question. Now, we need not be lawyers or scientists to know that Janine Sikes is a liar and UF is covering up what appears to be taxpayer fraud.

We wonder what you and your audience think about these facts:

Last year, we reported that Dr. Mingzhou Ding, a researcher employed by the University of Florida, applied for and received $260,070 in federal grants to do barbaric brain-mapping experiments in monkeys.

Janine Sikes denounced these facts in various media including the Gainesville Sun. Her position was documented by another news source on October 12, 2010 as follows:

“But according to UF Public Affairs director Janine Sikes, the experiments were not done at UF and the data were public domain.

‘Organizations such as this [Negotiation Is Over] use mischaracterizations and inaccuracies to make an argument, and they falsely alleged things about this individual who just analyzed the data,’ Sikes said.”

Yet again, in 2010, Dr. Ding applied for and received another $259,528 to conduct the exact same experiments in which Sikes denied his involvement. Why is he applying for money to assess information that the Public Relations Director alleges is available in the public domain? This sounds less-than-ethical to us.

According to data available through the NIH, we can glean a fair amount of information about Dr. Ding’s agenda. The abstract doesn’t go into the specifics since he is focusing on establishing a way to measure monkeys’ brainwave output and analyze it. But the procedure is the same as before and, based on his proposal, what is physically done to the monkeys — brain-mapping “research” — is implicit in his grant request. He makes no reference to the data being provided by a third party. The proposal implies that his project will generate the output data that he will then analyze. Perhaps Dr. Ding is unaware that this data is already publicly available.

Sikes is apparently a huge embarrassment for UF and they would rather these facts fade away into obscurity. We would rather see them broadcast on TMZ!

Dr. Ding and UF are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to conduct brain-mapping experiments when Sikes is on record portraying him as a disinterested third party simply availing himself of public data.

You’re a lawyer, Harvey! What do you think about these facts?

Best regards,

Your friends at NIO Florida

Posted by EquiMed

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Technical Rescue Team was conducting training exercises designed for water rescue.

University spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the horse was owned by the team leader, UF veterinary college administrator John Haven.

“It is a heartbreaking accident and it occurred only moments after successfully demonstrating the same training with a different horse,” Sikes said.

The team was created to help save horses, livestock and other large animals in crisis situations. It also trains veterinarians and other emergency responders on moving injured animals and rescuing large animals in water and other emergencies.

The team had conducted at least six water-rescue training exercises without incident in the past three years, Sikes said. She said protocols of the training were based on similar programs around the country and reviewed by UF’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The committee is intended to ensure UF follows federal law related to the use of animals in research and other cases.

Sikes said the university is reviewing whether protocols were followed in the horse’s death, but she said she’s not aware of any criminal investigations into the matter. She said she could not provide additional details about the incident.

“The incident is under review, and it would be premature to comment further,” she said.

by NIO Florida

In response to yet another torture and murder session at the University of Florida, NIO members took to the streets to shed light on their atrocities that have remained hidden from the people of Gainesville for far too long. Add the Paynes Prairie bison killings, and it’s beginning to look like UF is poisoning the whole city. A new addition to our protests is the “schedule of rewards” offered to any person who provides NIO with pictures or videos of the horrific animal abuse that is the normal curriculum inside UF.


On April 29th 2011, as reported by Gainesville Sun reporter Nathan Crabbe, UF’s VETS Team was practicing a horse rescue at Lake Wauburg. Since UF’s spokesperson Janine Sikes is involved, we can be assured that there will lies and cover ups like she provides for vivisectors at UF. John Haven, the VETS Team leader is the one responsible for not using their fake practice horse Rescue Randy. Instead they used an innocent terrified animal and drowned it while trying to teach students how to save a horse. Haven should be fired since his leadership and training are so inept that they couldn’t even save a horse while it was drowning right there in front of his team.

The corner of NW 13th street and University Ave in Gainesville is packed for hours with traffic and we took advantage of that. The people stuck in traffic had no choice but to learn of the truth about UF and how they murdered another victim. We had more support than ever from this crowd. They stopped in traffic to take pictures, talk and ask questions about what happened to the horse. Of equal importance to NIO this day was to let Gainesville know that we will pay for pictures or videos of UF animal abuse. I expect we’ll receive much after the start of Fall classes. We also believe that this reward offer will save lives we my never know about since students and professors will be constantly trying to cash in on $1000s just by bringing a camera to work with them!

All of our new flyers will contain our new “Schedule of Rewards” printed below

"Giant Salemi" accompanied NIO Florida as we leafleted Mercenary Marco's neighbors door-to-door in Gainesville.

by NIO Florida

Students and teachers need money. And we need concrete evidence of the murder and crimes taking place inside the University of Florida. So we are proposing a mutually beneficial relationship.

We want animal abusers to live in fear — not of activists or the ALF…. IT’S TIME TO START LIVING IN FEAR OF YOUR ACCOMPLICES.

You know how the Hillside Stranglers were caught? Kenny Bianchi got himself and his cousin Angelo Bueno lifetime reservations in Maximum Security.

Remember John Gotti? Does the name Sammy Gravano ring a bell??? haha

Let’s see who emerges from the pits of degeneracy, depravity, and violence at UF to bury the guilty.

Vivisection is about MONEY, not science. And NIO Florida is raising the stakes…

Lisa Grossman stands beside Marco Salemi's car parked in front of his house at 2721 NW 10th Court, Apartment 2, Gainesville, FL 32606-5161

SCHEDULE OF REWARDS

$5,000 – Videotape of Marco Salemi’s sessions infecting and torturing monkeys with “neuro AIDS” or in any capacity

$5,000 – Videotape of Mingzhou Ding torturing monkeys in any capacity

$5,000 – Videotape from inside the Primate Quarantine

$2,500 – Videotape of animal torture from inside the biomed department, including the criminals names and details of experiments

$1,000 – Videotape of any and all animal abuse taking place in the Veterinary School, Racing Labs, or any other torture facility on campus

harnesses used to raise horses in the air with a crane and submerge them under water in river

by Camille Marino

Outrage surrounding the recent death of a horse that died during a torture session at the University of Florida on April 29 has prompted an insider who witnessed the horror to contact NIO. Our source tells us that during this particular “training exercise,” the horse was lowered into Lake Wauberg and, as his body was submerged, “his panic intensified as he began to drown.” The training is designed to teach rescuers how to approach horses that are struggling and fighting for their life. “They must contain the animal despite its panic and fear to rescue it successfully.” The source went on to say that, having witnessed the torture sessions of many different species at the Veterinary School at the University of Florida, “the people inflicting the stress and pain on the animals, in this case a horse, have clearly developed a callousness and disregard for the animals’ suffering. Their only concern is their careers and reputations.”

We look forward to talking further with X in the future.

I understand that the torture of animals is so pervasive and deeply-ingrained in the UF culture that many individuals find themselves caught up in the horror because they need to earn a paycheck. That money does not assuage the constant disgust and guilt that plague people of conscience. NIO respects the courage of whistleblowers and informants to break the wall of silence and expose the atrocities hidden away on campus.

I urge and encourage anyone with further information to feel free to contact me at camille@negotiationisover.com or phone me at (352) 396-4132. I guarantee complete anonymity and protection.

How many freaking horses has anyone ever seen swimming in their lifetime? These people need to be stopped!

Janine Sikes - UF's Professional Animal Torture Apologist

by Nathan Crabbe (Gainesville Sun)

A horse died recently during a training exercise for a University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine team created to save large animals in emergency situations.

The horse drowned April 29 at Lake Wauburg during a water-rescue training exercise conducted by the UF Large Animal Technical Rescue Team, university spokeswoman Janine Sikes said Thursday. She said the horse was owned by the team leader, UF veterinary college administrator John Haven.

“It is a heartbreaking accident … and it occurred only moments after successfully demonstrating the same training with a different horse,” Sikes said.

Haven declined comment. The team was created to help save horses, livestock and other large animals in crisis situations. It also trains veterinarians and other emergency responders on moving injured animals and rescuing large animals in water and other emergencies.

The team had conducted at least six water-rescue training exercises without incident in the past three years, Sikes said. She said protocols of the training were based on similar programs around the country and reviewed by UF’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The committee is intended to ensure UF follows federal law related to the use of animals in research and other cases.

Sikes said the university is reviewing whether protocols were followed in the horse’s death, but she said she’s not aware of any criminal investigations into the matter. She said she could not provide additional details about the incident.

“The incident is under review, and it would be premature to comment further,” she said.

What does an abuser do when confronted with the truth? Dial 9-1-1 of course!

click to download & print flyer

On Tuesday evening, May 2, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in Gainesville held a biotech event for students looking toward further education and future careers as, among other things, biomed students, animal lab technicians, or those who simply maintain the torture apparatus in laboratories. NIO Florida was pleased to have all of these potential abusers in one venue.

This was Kindergarten for Vivisectors!

Upon graduation from their two-year college, many of these individuals will compose the new crop of animal-abusing juniors at the University of Florida in the fall as well as become participants in SFCC’s new 4-year laboratory sciences program scheduled to open in Progress Park. We need to note that we took pictures of students and vivisectors entering the event for identification purposes and reference material in the future. All images were captured in public where, according to the Supreme Court, no one is afforded a right to privacy. These pictures will only be published in the fall if the students make an incorrect decision to pursue careers as professional animal torturers.

We handed out leaflets to a number of students entering the Perry Center but were far more concerned with engaging them outside. We spoke to several students who explained to us exactly what was happening at this event and, curiously, when the subject of animal torture came up, students were very defensive and quick to absolve themselves of any involvement or culpability in the abominable abuse curricula. Although we were unable to isolate any students who would admit to sadistic propensities, we were pleased with the response from their peers.

click to download & print flyer

After speaking to some students and handing out 12 – 20 ribbon-wrapped scrolls containing our flyers, the Director of the Perry Center for Emerging Technologies, Dr. Kelly Gridley, came outside to talk to us. She was highly concerned that our information was “inflammatory” because, amusingly, “80%” of their “biotech program” has nothing to do with animal experimentation. We made it clear that it was the OTHER TWENTY PERCENT that was problematic and needed to be addressed. She continued to explain that no “mammalian” research is conducted at SFCC. We explained that torturing fish and mice is an equal crime and that this is where it starts, this is where our attention needs to be focused, that these are the students that need to be isolated and educated NOW.

Dr. Gridley then began WARNING students not the accept our flyers because they were about ANIMAL RIGHTS! Run for your lives!!!!!!!!!! At this point we left and returned a short while later to leave our calling cards under every windshield in the parking lot.

Well, apparently, the staff and SFCC was in an all out panic now. An unidentified man ran out of the building screaming “you better leave. I’m calling the cops.” He frantically waved his hands in the air, his face red and contorted as he screamed “Look! I’m dialing.” Much as we wanted to stay and dial the number for him, a police confrontation on this evening would not have been strategically advantageous. We left without incident. This individual was so animated that he had us laughing for hours after we left. In fact, we’re still laughing…

Our first foray infiltrating vivisection students was far more productive than we could have hoped. For our part, in addition to introducing truth into the curriculum, we learned a lot from the students with whom we spoke and we accumulated a lot of information. For their part, the sheer panic and agitation on the part of the animal-mutilating administration was priceless. When confronted with the truth, they could do nothing but dial 9-1-1!!!

We hope they continue to fan the flames of fear within their own student bodies. It makes our job far easier in showing the students what their futures may hold….