by Camille A. Marino
Almost every single time I learn something new, it only serves to highlight how much more I still have to learn. This is especially true when it comes to the obscured and intentionally-convoluted animal torture industry inside the University of Florida for which taxpayers award them approximately $400 million annually.
For five years now, I have been filing open records requests for veterinary records and protocols for every single nonhuman primate that the USDA confirms is inside of UF after each inspection of their labs. Although the USDA is a client-based agency that was established in 1862 to promote the interests of industrial animal abusers, these rubber-stamp inspection reports exist to give the public the impression that there is some accountability for how their money is being used.
Interestingly, over the exact same time period for which I have in my possession all of the records for allegedly all of the UF monkeys, I do not have a single sheet of paper that relates to Assistant Professor of Medicine Marco Salemi. Through the National Institutes of Health, taxpayers have been giving him $604,849 every year to infect macaque monkeys with neuroAIDS, a designer-strain of the AIDS virus that causes damage to the organs, and reduces healthy individuals to physically-incapacitated beings fated to endure endless series of torturous experiments. And Salemi especially enjoys driving these nonprimates insane by inducing dementia.
I find it interesting that, according to his own published reports, he has tortured and executed dozens of monkeys over the last 5 years earning over $3,000,000 for himself and the University of Florida. Yet the USDA appears to be unaware that these monkeys exist! Again, I am still learning how to peel back the layers to understand exactly what is happening to the monkeys enslaved inside UF. So I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for this. Maybe the monkeys are locked away in some dungeon that the USDA doesn’t know about or forgot to inspect. Might that be more appropriately called incompetence or a culture of corruption? Or maybe the monkeys don’t exist at all! Maybe taxpayers are just paying Salemi to sit in front of a computer and read about other vivisectors’ studies in which he is a wholly disinterested party. Might that be fraud? Hmmm… Either way, I think when the answers begin to emerge, it will make an interesting story….I filed yet another open records request last week with UFPD Officer Brad Barber, UF’s Public Information Officer to whom I was advised years ago to address all of my requests. I also copied Janine Sikes on this communication. But as of yet, neither has acknowledged receipt of this email. Since Major Barber has demonstrated in the past that he is somewhat challenged about responding to these requests in an honest and competent manner and Sikes just doesn’t talk to me, I feel compelled to make this situation public. The UFPD pays far more attention to my facebook page and websites than to what is going on within their own institution. So I am confident that upon publishing this article, the powers that be inside UF will get the message within minutes.
And as I am sure we are all aware by now, I am fully prepared to take them to court for yet a fourth time if they choose once again to ignore and deliberately remain in noncompliance with Florida State disclosure laws.