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On Saturday evening, alumni will gather in Gainesville to celebrate “Gator Gala.”

Simultaneously, a funeral will be held for 2A4 & Louis, two monkeys tortured to death by UF vivisectors. Activists are encouraged to wear black and dress appropriately.

This will be a peaceful demonstration with a closed-casket ceremony. A somber eulogy will be delivered.

The University of Florida Gators Clubs around the world support and fund animal torture at UF, even though non-animal alternatives are available and used world wide. Primates are imprisoned in their labs, routinely terrorized, poisoned, sickened, and killed.

by NIO Florida

This week’s target is the Central Florida Gator Club.

Last week this club published a warning about NIO activists and our anti-viv campaign on the front page of their website. Days later, an anonymous 6-page “Neighborhood Crime Watch” letter was mailed to each of Camille Marino’s neighbors warning them that she is an “Animal Rights Terrorist.” The Central Florida Gator Club is located in Orlando. Interestingly, the “Neighborhood Watch” letter was mailed from Orlando… both 60 miles south of Marino.

All we can say is “hmmmmmmmmmmm!”

We need to make this week the most productive UF Gator Club action so far to bring these animal-torture enthusiasts back to reality. Tell them

 

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SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Gator and Gator Supporters,

Anim*l rights act*vists in Gainesville have won their case against UF and are now in receipt of thousands of records documenting the egregious suffering that m*nkeys endure in their l*bs- funded by your money.

The first records for M*nkey 2A4 are available online.

Many people are unaware of the h*rrific experim*nts to which the University of Florida subjects s*ntient prim*tes. It is the responsibility of every person who supports UF to hold this institution accountable and stop paying dues until UF bans animal testing.

There are non-anim*l altern*tives available, but they make it much more difficult to secure millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants that are specifically earmarked for â inv*siveâ and â p*infulâ anim*l tests. Negoti*tion Is Over and other anim*l rights activists have been working for over a year to expose the truth.

Testing on innocent restr*ined anim*ls is scientific fraud!

Here’s an example of the myriad of technologically-advanced altern*tives from the Oxford Journal:

In 2007 researchers developed an in silico model of tuberculosis to aid in drug discovery with a prime benefit cited as being faster than real time simulated growth rates allowing phenomena of interest to be observed in minutes rather than months, injuring no anim*ls. Explorative modeling has proven to be a viable approach for the development of new hypotheses and has aided the prediction of previously undiscovered mechanisms.
I strongly urge you to consider withdrawing your support until UF chooses to adopt a policy consistent with a commitment to progressive science and respect for all anim*ls. Please persuade UF to operate with integrity and formally ban prim*te testing.

Sincerely,

by NIO Florida

The state of Georgia wanted to turn an arsenic-poisoned waste site into a little league baseball field so they commissioned the University of Florida to conduct bioavailability studies. Always eager to profit from animal suffering, UF dispatched Raymond J. Bergeron and Stephen Robertsto conduct the torture sessions in which they forcefed monkeys arsenic-poisioned mud. In turn, the state of Georgia was provided with the results they had hoped for which allowed them to go forward with their project. So, now, little Johnny is eating arsenic-laced dirt every time he slides into home plate, compliments of UF.

This abstract published in 2002 explains that Bergeron & Roberts, et al wanted to assess the dangers that toxic dirt might pose for humans. In order to properly poison five Capuchins, they collected arsenic-contaminated soil from five sites in Florida: an electrical substation, a wood preservative treatment site, two pesticide sites, and a cattle-dip vat site. The corresponding documents obtained from UF elucidate the monkeys’ harrowing ordeal.

Vet records indicate that the five monkeys were sedated and extracted from their cages in the usual manner. The false back would have been used to squeeze each terrified prisoner up against the front of his cell and two gloved attackers would have subdued their struggling victim so that he could be “knocked down” with Ketamine. Each was then put in a box cage that is about the size of a kitchen stove. Records indicate that their urine, feces, and blood were collected for analysis.

A source inside UF explains what the vet records and IACUC protocols reveal:

On “drug day,” all of the monkeys were sedated and blood was drawn again for baseline analysis. These cages also have false rears and the monkeys were again squeezed stressfully to the front for sedation. All of the monkeys were sedated. The effects wear off within 15-20 minutes, so the tech would have had to work quickly. One of the monkeys was given a non-toxic level of sodium arsenate solution via IV injection. Another was forcefed dirt with arsenic. Forcefeeding (euphemistically termed “oral gavage”) consists of an infant oral feeding tube attached to a syringe. The tube is passed down the throat and when it is in the stomach, the syringe is depressed, injecting the mud into the stomach. The injected dirt had a known amount of arsenic in it. In the same way, water with the same amount of arsenic was forcefed to the third monkey. A fourth monkey was forcefed mud as well, but without any arsenic in it. The fifth monkey was given only water. The monkeys were then returned to their cages to recover.

Records indicate that the dirt-fed monkeys vomited frequently when coming out of sedation. This would have ruined the study and it would, therefore, have had to be repeated. This happened so often that eventually the calculated amount of arsenic given was adjusted based upon how much was actually kept down, rather than the total amount originally dosed. An anti-emetic was also injected to keep the monkeys from being nauseous (a normal side effect of the sedation drugs – even without a belly full of toxic mud).

 At the end of the study, the animals were sedated a final time and returned to their metal cages. Vet records indicate that they continued to be subjected to Bergeron’s iron chelation torture experiments.

Previously released records:

The 17-year ordeal of Monkey 2A4

Louis: an odyssey of pain

by NIO Florida

Profiting from monkey torture appears to have become a public relations nightmare for the University of Florida. Now that their secrets are out, they are squirming and writhing trying to keep their benefactors and the public from hearing them.

One after another, their Gator Nation networks are disabling the emails of entire clubs. Unfortunately for them, several more Gators already denounced UF over the weekend and those declarations will be published later this week. In addition, a stunning post that went up on the Central Florida Gator Club on Friday urges their alumni to not read emails about UF’s monkey experiments and, in fact, encourages its members to spam activists!!! Isn’t spam illegal??? My how the once-pristine institution appears to have slipped in a puddle of blood and fallen in the mud…

“The attached letter explains who and what this group [NIO] is. If you are unfortunate enough to be attacke d by this group do not respond to the emails and we encourage you to block or ‘spam’ the sender’s email address. The best response is none at all. Responding will only encourage dialogue with the group and in some cases, harsh and critical replies have been reported. You are also encouraged to change your security settings on Facebook to block entry from people you don’t know, and don’t forget to block strangers from your photos as well.”

Read entire announcement HERE.

Last week, an article was published in a mainstream newspaper discussing their insidious monkey experiments and discouraging prospective students in Cleveland from applying to the University of Florida. This was the first of such articles that we anticipate being published in a number of other demographics.

So, based upon their handling of this situation thus far, we expect the University of Florida to issue a statement any day now advising high school students everywhere to stop reading the newspaper and shut their eyes tightly…

This week’s target is the Windy City Gator Club. This Chicago club boasts 4200 Gators in Chicago. That’s $210,000 per year, just from paying basic dues, going straight into UF’s prison camp coffers. There’s no telling how much more comes from donations or lifetime memberships from Windy City Gator Club members. We need to make this week the most productive UF Gator Club action so far to stop this flow of money. Tell them to stop paying dues and donating until UF bans animal testing!

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SAMPLE LETTER (key words in this letter will be continually altered to avoid spam filters that have been put in place.)

Dear Gator,

Anim*l rights act*vists in Gainesville have won their case against UF and are now in receipt of thousands of records documenting the egregious suffering that m*nkeys endure in their l*bs.

The first records for M*nkey 2A4 are available online.

Many people are unaware of the h*rrific experim*nts to which the University of Florida subjects s*ntient prim*tes. It is the responsibility of every person who supports UF to hold this institution accountable.

There are non-anim*l altern*tives available, but they make it much more difficult to secure millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants that are specifically earmarked for “inv*sive” and “p*inful” anim*l tests. Negoti*tion Is Over and other anim*l rights activists have been working for over a year to expose the truth.

Testing on innocent restr*ined anim*ls is scientific fraud!

Here’s an example of the myriad of technologically-advanced altern*tives from the Oxford Journal:

“In 2007 researchers developed an in silico model of tuberculosis to aid in drug discovery with a prime benefit cited as being faster than real time simulated growth rates allowing phenomena of interest to be observed in minutes rather than months, injuring no anim*ls. Explorative modeling has proven to be a viable approach for the development of new hypotheses and has aided the prediction of previously undiscovered mechanisms.”

I strongly urge you to consider withdrawing your support until UF chooses to adopt a policy consistent with a commitment to progressive science and respect for all anim*ls. Please persuade UF to operate with integrity and formally ban prim*te testing.

Sincerely,

an imprisoned and victimized macaque

by Linda Beane (The Examiner, Original Title: “His Name Was Louis”)

Today I am writing about the future of our cities youth and their exposure to a compassionate and empathic world where animals are treated as respected beings not as commodities. We all want great happiness and success for our children, this starts with their education. Though we have a common experience and familiarity in our offspring’s first twelve years of schooling, once they enter college their final impressions and decisions will be formatted under the tollage of a variety of diverse educators.
So how does this become an issue of animal welfare? Very simple. As our young students select their college and then their specialized fields of education some of the classes in the student’s curriculum might require studies that are specialized in research, biology, sciences and other similar subjects. Some of these may present with the practice of vivisection, an archaic and dubious method of teaching, one in which helpless, sentient beings are forced to submit to painful, deadly and terrifying tests. Some of these animals die after one experiment, other creatures are used year after year until they finally decease from the misery and constant trauma.

Today many colleges students are very uncomfortable with using animals as test subjects. The extreme torture animals suffer in laboratory experiments can almost lead one to believe there could be some sadism practiced here. We can no longer ignore nor expose our children to such tests or fail to acknowledge that vivisection has been denounced and refuted with many experts proclaiming the results they accrue as meaningless. It could be alleged that many colleges ignore the more sophisticated and accurate means of study, such as DNA, stem cells research and computer modeling in preference to the use of animals as it brings in a great deal of government money. Indeed vivisection could allegedly be called a profitable endeavor, even though lacking validity.

For example lets note what is happening these past few months at the University of Florida. This is a well accredited college your child might be considering as an option to further their careers. The controversy surrounding the vile vivisection at UF has resulted in quite a bit of turmoil and legalities. This in its self sends a bad message to students already hesitant and feeling conflicted about their mandate to use animals in painful tests.

It began when Camille Marino, founder of NIO and a dedicated vivisection protester, requested the public records of experiments at UF on primates in October 2010 and consequently was refused any or all access to the aforementioned documents by the University of Florida. This request was finally settled in court though a formal lawsuit filed by NIO on December 30, 2011, it was ruled upon and The University Of Florida was ordered to give their public records to Camille Marino by Jan 3, 2012, 4:22 PM.

While other legalities are still pending, such as location of primates on premises, the vivisection records have proven to be very informative and allegedly quite an expose. Lets take a look at just one primate’s experience, a long tailed macaque named Louis, who with other of his species was actually bred and sold for the mere purpose of being a test subject. He was received by Stephen Roberts a vivisector at UF on February 25, 2008, at the time he was 5 years old.

Upon his arrival Louis was so upset he became chronically anorexic with continuous vomiting. What this animal had experienced at the hands of other vivisectors left this poor creature emotionally devastated. To think he was now to be used for more painful tests which would serve no purpose, was tragic.

The records show that on July 9, 2009, it was determined by the UF vet that Louis had an injury to his bone, the femoral head. He was suffering intense pain, his leg having no connection to the joint. Humans with this same kind of injury would be receiving strong pain medication and definitely would need and receive a hip replacement. Louis was offered none of these options, left suffering in agony, his bone grinding against bone.

For the next year he lived in a metabolism cage that was especially made to collect his urine and feces while studying his drug metabolism. When not in this special testing cage he was reunited with the other four macaque which were part of his initial colony. During this year he received a great deal of drugs as it was painful for him to be moved from the one room for tests, then returned. It was noted he ate very little food, this could be attributed to the unbearable pain he was suffering.

During all this time students were assisting with the care and experiments on this animal. I can imagine their stress levels were very high, watching Louis suffer would be difficult and made more so by the situation where ones conscience has to be over ruled by ones educational requirements.

On April 26, 2010: the records on Louis ended with this quote“…Long term, this monkey has been unable to be used…”

That was it…. This is your vivisection. This is the future for those whose studies demand experiments, studies where live animals, in this case primates were used like commodities and students learned what? Nothing. They would have received the same knowledge and more had they used modern, high tech, non-animal testing methods now advocated.

Our children are our future and they need to learn … but they also must not lose their humanity for nothing is left for them without a soul.

As your students apply for the colleges of their choice remember The University of Florida and this article. And please … remember “His name was Louis. ”

I can only end this in a silent and thoughtful moment.

In August of 2010, we learned about a monkey named Louis. A lab tech pleaded with UF to release him to a sanctuary and stop his suffering. While the lab tech was on vacation, Louis was murdered and incinerated on July 9, 2010. UF wanted to ensure that the world would never see his deteriorated condition or know his story. In October of 2010, NIO’s campaign against UF commenced. Now we know that Louis was allowed to languish in torment with a broken hip and never given any pain relief. His records document callous neglect, violations of the law, and incompetence. In death, Louis has a voice.

macaque suffers silently in his prison

by NIO Florida

Complete Veterinary Record for “Louis” (2008 – 2010)

Roberts – Primate Louis – Part I

Roberts – Primate Louis – Part II

His Agonizing Incarceration & Death

Louis was a long-tailed macaque bred by Alpha Genesis for a life of torment. On February 25, 2008, this 5-year old and five other monkeys were sold to the University of Florida. Louis was delivered into the hands of Vivisector Stephen Roberts where, upon his incarceration in the dungeon, he immediately developed chronic anorexia and suffered from chronic vomiting.

We know from the University’s own records that on July 9, 2009 their vet determined that Louis had a severely injured bone — the femoral head — and was in tremendous pain. His leg was not attached to the joint!!! One must understand that this precise injury in humans would demand heavy pain medication as well as hip replacement surgery. Yet little Louis, with his bones grinding against each other, received no relief whatsoever and was made to suffer and deteriorate for another full year.

The femoral head is the upper part of the thigh bone that fits into the hip socket.

According to our UF source:

“Most traumatically, the femoral head from his right leg had deteriorated to the point where it was missing(!) This must have caused him excruciating pain. They knew about his severely injured bone since 7/9/09 – a full year before he was euthanized and he was never treated for the pain. The comment on his record at 7/9/09 was ‘Rads also revealed absence of femoral head on (r) leg w/ high degree of instability.’ ‘Instability’ means that the leg was not fully attached at the joint. Imagine trying to walk with deteriorated bone grinding against deteriorated bone during every step… it probably happened prior to his arrival at the lab as the degradation to the bone was very advanced. It’s very likely that the chronic pain from his hip was the stress that caused his continual upset stomach/gut, vomiting, and poor appetite/weight loss. They kept testing for parasites as a cause, but he was always negative. He should have been euthanized immediately upon discovery of his leg issue, or at least had his leg amputated, as would have been done for a pet.”

They waited a full year.

“They seem to have been put him in metabolic cages during the studies, similar to what Bergeron did. These cages are designed to allow for the collection of urine and feces to study drug metabolism. It seems that even though Louis wasn’t used nearly as much in experiments, he was put in the same room with his friends to reduce the anxiety of separation from the colony. Of course, that meant stressfully drugging him for each room transfer…

They keep commenting on how he’s quiet compared to others and doesn’t eat enough, but that seems to be normal for him. Well, YEAH – he’s in pain!

The only consequence of Louis’ agony for the vivisecting sadists appears in a rather chilling entry on the vet records dated April 26, 2010: “…Long term, this monkey has been unable to be used…”

A funeral for Louis and the other victims of UF’s primate experimentation program will be held outside Emerson Hall on Saturday evening, February 4, as alumni gather to celebrate the “Gator Gala.”

 

The University of Florida wants desperately to shut down this campaign. They need to silence their victims. We have been involved in ongoing litigation for about two years and are constantly being hit with more obstacles. If you support our work, please consider contributing to our efforts to fight for the monkeys entombed inside UF. Gifts may be sent through Paypal to negotiationisover1@gmail.com.

by NIO Florida

The following members of the Alumni Association and Deep South Gator Clubs have been persuaded by this week’s outreach exercise to issue the public denunciations of the University of Florida that follow below. Because they have adopted an ethical and compassionate position, their names have been removed from this week’s cyber action. We will be maintaining weekly lists of members of Gators who come forward to work with us to end primate experimentation at UF:

  • “I, Jeff Ozer, denounce primate experimentation at the University of Florida.” -Saturday, January 14, 2012
  • “I, Lauren Ettlinger, denounce primate experimentation at the University of Florida.” -Wednesday, January 18, 2012
  • “I, Lorrie Dixson, denounce primate experimentation at the University of Florida.” -Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Any member of the Gator Nation my choose to opt out of an NIO Florida cyber action at any point by issuing their own public denunciation.

We thank the Gators for their continued participation.

Vivisector Stephen Robert

Professor of Toxicology

University of Florida
Center for Environmental & Human Toxicology
Bldg. 471
Moowry Rd
P.O. Box 110885
Gainesville, FL 32611

Email: smroberts@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 294-4514
Fax: (352) 392-4707

by NIO Florida

At the University of Florida, Stephen Roberts has had a long and storied career poisoning a variety of his imprisoned victims to death. But, since our objective is to win release for the primates, we will confine the discussion to Roberts’ crimes against monkeys.

About 18 months ago before we started this campaign, we saw a video presentation at an undisclosed location in Gainesville given by an activist who worked in the labs. We saw images of every species imaginable, some so exotic we had never heard of them — all imprisoned in UF’s dungeons. We learned about the insidious experiments to which each was subjected. But there is one story that has stood out for us and, at this juncture, we have a personal connection with “Louis,” one of Roberts’ victims.

Stephen Roberts lives in this $280,000 2575-square foot home.
It looks rather isolated.
Probably makes a cozy meeting place for the boy scouts

13111 NW 19TH Place
Gainesville, FL 32606

Home phone: (352) 332-8847

Louis was a very sick, weak, and depressed little monkey. He wouldn’t eat and was wasting away in his isolation cell for years. Activist X had tried for months to persuade the despicable animal abusers at UF to allow him/her to re-home Louis in a sanctuary and give him a chance at some semblance of a normal life. But, while Activist X was away on break, someone had ordered Louis to be murdered. They did not want the public to ever see the deteriorated condition of this monkey’s broken little body. We now know that Stephen Roberts gave the order to execute him. On Friday, we will meet Louis and, thereafter, we will meet several monkeys that Bergeron and Roberts collaborated to poison and kill.

But for today, let’s meet Stephen Roberts the man. Vivisector Roberts is 42-years old and appears to be unattached with no apparent wife or children. However, he does have a rather rich social life as a “counselor” for a troop of boy scouts. Why would a single man who abuses innocent animals for a living spend his evenings in the company of innocent little boys??? Far be it from us to make any accusations. We’ll just say “hmmm” and let the reader draw their own conclusions.

The red box shows that Animal Abuser Stephen Roberts volunteers as a "counselor" with the Boy Scouts of America

The picture below is of Stephen’s brother and his family: Mike Roberts, his wife Yhormith, and Stephen Roberts’ cute little nephew, Aiden. They live in Jacksonville.

by Arelis R. Hernandez (Orlando Sentinel)

A 22-year-old University of Florida student is accused of traveling to Polk County to have sex a 14-year-old girl he met online, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Engineering student Steven Matthew Nixon developed a relationship with the girl and traveled from his residence in Gainesville to Polk County an undisclosed number of times from June to November to have sex with her.