Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 5, 2006 -- A coalition of California
and national animal rights groups, including Stop Animal
Experimentation Now (S.A.E.N.) and the UCLA student animal rights
group (USETA), will conduct a news conference on Tuesday, September 5,
2006 at 10 a.m. at the UCLA Chancellor's Office. Discussion will focus
on the condition of non-human primates at UCLA's laboratories,
including confinement conditions, stress, and adequacy of anesthesia
used in animal experimentation.
Animal rights activists have requested a meeting with Chancellor
Norman Abrams in order to discuss research practices, access to
University protocols and animal health records, and discussion of
possible timetables for reductions in the number of animals used by
UCLA for laboratory purposes. Spokesman Michael Budkie of S.A.E.N.
says he is trying to get past negative perceptions. "It is high time
that representatives of animal protection organizations have the
opportunity to sit down with researchers and try to find common
ground." Budkie added, "If the polarization of these issues continue,
such as activities by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the outcome
will likely be bad for everyone."
During the press conference, UCLA research protocols, primate health
care records, and statements from independent medical experts,
including the Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will
be available for the media.