Since this campaign re-emerged one week ago, together, we have already scored our first victory. And every activist who has stood with us for the animals, participated in cyber actions, and is helping us get our efforts off the ground is to be congratulated!
It took us three years of legal battles with the University of Florida to gain access to unredacted records documenting their nonhuman primate experiments. All subsequent lawfully-cited demands for current information were ignored. Based upon those records, last week on December 24, a federal complaint was filed citing systemic incompetence and negligence among their vivisectors. Two days later, Karen Kline formally sued the university for these documents on behalf of Eleventh Hour.
While there was no comment from the school and a deafening silence in the media (which has a vested interest in promoting institutionalized animal abuse), our community mobilized and all of you went into action. Yesterday, December 30, within hours of beginning cyber actions to UF’s community relations networks, their Board of Trustees, their administration, faculty, and alumni, UF’s attorney Amy Hoff contacted our attorney at Eleventh Hour for Animals, to tell us they would hand over their records.
Across the country, several mainstream orgs are in the courts right now litigating this very same issue with other universities with no success. Although Eleventh Hour has previously won two legal battles, this victory should be the most vindicating for all of us because we did what others have not: the University of Florida conceded to US! And that is what we need to remember about 2013.
As UF has proven that they will lie as well as manipulate the law and the media to divert attention away from their animal torture industry, our cyber actions will continue unabated until the records are in our hands. Please join this week’s action HERE.
While we are not in receipt of the documents in question yet, each of you who participated in this campaign should be proud of yourself. And we all need to feel strong and empowered as we go forward together.
We will free the monkeys in 2014.