In order to keep their $400 million annual taxpayer-funded animal torture industry generating profits, UF has demonstrated that there are no depths to which they will not sink to keep their atrocities hidden from the public.
Source: Dr. Barry D. Friedman, University of North Georgia
Original Title: “University of Florida: Criminalizing Transparency”
(Compiled from news sources and government documents — November 15, 2013)
In the summer of 2010, activists discovered that University of Florida researcher Mingzhou Ding was receiving taxpayer-funded annuities totaling millions of dollars from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to perform brain mapping experiments on monkeysi. Brain mapping is a singularly barbaric exercise in which the skull cap is sawed off to expose the brain. The conscious animal is then restrained in a chair, sometimes bolted into place with screws that secure the skull to a metal rod to prevent all movement while pain, blindness, or any of a spectrum of tortures is visited upon the subject. The animal is regularly deprived of food and water because starvation and dehydration induce compliance in the desperate monkey. Electrodes are attached to the brain throughout the animal’s ordeal to measure responses to offending stimuli.
Animal activists initiated a campaign in Florida to protest this heinous form of cruelty and to educate the community about the primate experiment industry that remained hidden from the public. UF spokesperson Janine Sikes immediately lashed back in the media attempting to discredit activists. She is on record noting that the experiments for which taxpayers were financing Ding were not being performed at their institution.ii
“But according to UF Public Affairs director Janine Sikes, the experiments were not done at UF and the data were public domain.”iii
The discrepancies between Ding’s NIH grant applications and monies received by UF were never addressed. To this day, it remains unclear how many