FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
COMPLAINT CITES CORRUPTION AND NEGLIGENCE IN UF MONKEY LABS
Moments ago, Eleventh Hour for Animals filed a second federal complaint with the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act citing a culture of corruption inside the University of Florida and a companion culture of negligence that permeates their nonhuman primate experimentation program. The complaint filed by the group’s founder, Camille A. Marino, relates solely to a 6-monkey “research” study funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the shocking details of which we reported days ago. Among the documented violations: the “scientific” rationale offered by UF for the torment visited on six macaques was simply that the Fox Foundation was willing to give them the money to do so when they couldn’t find funding elsewhere; there are up to 5-month lapses where some of the monkeys were neither monitored nor was any care whatsoever recorded; and they actually LOST a monkey.
For the past four years, we have repeatedly sued UF to compel full disclosure of the public records documenting their monkey torture business. On December 26, 2013 we filed a third lawsuit against this institution. Karen Kline, an Eleventh Hour Director, withdrew the lawsuit in good faith after UF conceded to meet our demands out of court. They have once again failed to embrace transparency, have withheld a complete file for one of the monkeys in the Fox study, and are now in violation of at least one court order. The culture of corruption inside UF is deeply ingrained and rampant. And, clearly, it exists only to hide the horrors inside their vivisection labs.
MASS PROTESTS TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY
Tomorrow, February 15, from 12 to 1:30 pm, simultaneous protests will take place at UF campuses in Jacksonville and Gainesville as well as online against the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Jacksonville: Corner of W 8th St and N Davis St. (close to UF’s Science Center)
Gainesville: at the corner of University Blvd and 13th St. (the hotel corner)
For further information, see: http://universityofflorida.us/feb-15-eleventh-hour-announces-its-first-dual-protest-against-uf/
FEDERAL COMPLAINT FILED IN DECEMBER CITED SYSTEMIC INCOMPETENCE & NEGLIGENCE IN UF LABS
For further information about our previous complaint, please see:
Channel 5 News: Animal Rights Group Files Complaint Against UF
Gainesville Sun: UF Faces Complaint By Group Over Treatment of Research Animals
Health News Florida: UF Labs Accused of Animal Negligence
Independent Alligator: Gainesville Activists Fight for Monkey’s Rights
Camille A. Marino
Eleventh Hour for Animals