(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) The National Institute of Health (NIH) has been withholding illegal activities in criminal research labs across the U.S., endangering not only animals, but human beings as well.

According to animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), the government agency has been “whitewashing criminal activity” including three animal deaths and the abuse of several other research animals at the University of Michigan and other U.S. labs.

Now, SAEN—who has worked hard to make these disgusting crimes public—is calling for heavy penalties, requesting no less than $40,000 in fines.

Continue reading for more about the evidence withheld by the NIH and view the information below to contact the USDA and insist on a major fine for the University of Michigan’s negligence. — Global Animal

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According to a NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare posting on its website, recent revelations of animal abuse at the University of Michigan and other U.S. labs were either “not current” or “managed.” Photo Credit: Shutterstock

SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now)

WASHINGTON D.C.  – The National Institutes of Health has been withholding evidence of illegal activity by criminal research laboratories and endangering not only animals in those facilities, but human health, charged a nonprofit national research watchdog group today.

SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) was responding to a NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare posting on its website March 6, which noted that recent revelations of animal abuse at the University of Michigan, and other laboratories across the U.S., were “not current” and “managed.”

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Public government reports document the death of three animals at the University of Michigan including a baboon who died of strangulation. Photo Credit: Opposing Views

SAEN earlier made public government reports that documented the death of three animals, including a baboon who died of strangulation, and abuse of other animals at Michigan. SAEN called for heavy penalties for the crimes, no less than $40,000 in fines.

The NIH posted a “disclaimer” in response on its national website which SAEN has charged that it’s just more of a massive cover-up by NIH/OLAW at Michigan and other research laboratories.

“What we have uncovered is a scheme within the NIH/OLAW to allow dozens if not hundreds of laboratories across the U.S. to literally get away with murder, and violate federal law with impunity,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.

Budkie said the government agency has been whitewashing criminal activity, noting that the NIH/OLAW appears to be withholding details of illegal activity from the USDA. Laboratories self report some violations of law only with the NIH/OLAW, but that government agency is not passing it on to USDA to investigate.

“The NIH’s dirty little secret is out,” said Budkie. “NIH’s OLAW has been withholding evidence of criminal activity by animal laboratories from the USDA, which investigates this activity.”

“The NIH/OLAW’s current effort to whitewash the truth will not hold water. OLAW has been engaging in a cover-up for years.  But now we’ve learned the truth,” he added.

More SAEN: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/

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    Here are some of the differences:
    As animal welfare advocates. . .

    • We seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals.
    • We support the humane treatment of animals that ensures comfort and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering.
    • We believe we have the right to “own” animals — they are our property.
    • We believe animal owners should provide loving care for the lifetime of their animals.

    As animal rights activists. . .

    • They seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.
    • They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.
    • They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.
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