Update: Michael J. Fox Foundation Remains Complicit in UF Monkey Torture
Everyone associated with this campaign has nothing but love, admiration, and sympathy for Michael J. Fox. We wanted to believe that he was unaware of the horrors he was funding inside the University of Florida. And we want nothing more than for him to be whole and well, but not at the expense of the monkeys. Eleventh Hour followed up our campaign to raise awareness about the Fox Foundation by contacting their directors last night. We now know that the Michael J. Fox Foundation understands exactly how their money is being used and they understand the consequences of their continued association with UF. This morning we received a canned email with links espousing the benefits of the various animal torture projects they are funding. So, at this point, we need to be absolutely clear that the University of Florida is about to be dragged through the courts, the media, and the court of public opinion for systemic incompetence, negligence, and failing to use available alternatives. And we have no compunction about dragging the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or any other entity that remains complicit in their crimes, along with them.
Dear Directors of the Michael J. Fox Foundation:
As you are well aware by now, our group, Eleventh Hour for Animals, has identified your foundation as the sole party funding horrendous and inexcusable experiments at the University of Florida. Personally, I grew up with Michael J. Fox and wish him only health and happiness, but not at the expense of innocent monkeys. And while I would hope that you would choose to finance alternative, scientifically-valid research, your foundation is not the target of our campaign.
We simply hope that you will sever all ties with the University of Florida immediately, before our expose on your project is released within days to the public and the media. We would like to be able to report that when the Michael J. Fox Foundation learned how their money was being used at the University of Florida, they made the ethical decision to sever ties with UF and cease all funding. But that choice is ultimately up to you.
As you know we have repeatedly sued UF over the past several years and have been successful in court each and every time. Yet another litigation is currently pending and in the hands of our lawyer. A federal complaint citing incompetence among their researchers and negligence in their labs was filed in December. More federal complaints related to the project you are funding are forthcoming.
Among the highlights that we will be reporting within days are that the monkeys involved in the research you are funding are repeatedly found with blood in their cages, with wounds, they are self-mutilating and being driven insane, they have escaped from their cages in desperation only to be returned, and one was even lost and locked in a tunnel overnight. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The full details that will emerge are shocking and are all earmarked by the culture of incompetence and negligence that permeates the University of Florida’s vivisection industry.
I am confident that you will choose to do the right thing. Please discontinue your association with UF before our expose is released. If you would confirm to us in writing that you have ceased doing all business with them, I will be more than happy to publicly report such and congratulate you for doing so.
I look forward to your favorable response.
Camille A. Marino
Eleventh Hour for Animals