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Lifesaving research or animal cruelty, that's question Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute wants cleared up before its facility comes under county control. Biomedical animal research has been happening in their facility since 1947, testing treatments.

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Nicole W. (649)
Friday November 23, 2012, 10:58 am
sadly noted~

Marlene Dinkins (269)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:12 am
noted today with too much sadnes and pain for this little face, and the others, that had been usued and the ones will continue to do so!!!!!!, thnx for t his post!!!!! this is so bad!!!!

Elizabeth M. (68)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:13 am
Noted. In my opinion they should not get a blanket exception. Should be closed down period! It is a well known fact already about cigarette smoke and the lung diseases, and cancer it causes. Just because they have been doing this since 1947 means nothing to me, except a bad feeling for all the animals they have experimented on over all the years.

June M. (127)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:03 pm
noted with great sadness

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:21 pm
bloody viviisectors,,,on wish they experimented onthem selves and stopped torturing animals!

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:22 pm
i meant "I wish they experimented on themselves "

Dany Strakova (121)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:31 pm

Ana Fontan (16)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:53 pm
Noted with anger. They must stop this atrocity once and for all!

Susie S. (4)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:55 pm
Stop testing on animals!!don't buy products tested on animals!

Christeen Anderson (656)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:05 pm
This is so very sad and must stop. Thank you.

Sharon Blodinger (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:42 pm

Linda P. (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:44 pm
We all know about cigarettes and lung cancer. Just because they have doing a torture chamber for animals since 1947 they should not get a blanket exception. Stop testing on animals. Just think how many animals they have tested since 1947. Needs to stop.

Pat W. (5)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:19 pm

florene Eaise (132)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:31 pm
dispicable thanks Carrie

Helen Porter (39)
Friday November 23, 2012, 4:30 pm
We must keep fighting.

The horror must cease.

Pamela C. (75)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:42 pm
“These are well-paid jobs. These are scientific jobs, and necessary research that benefits humans every day,” (county comissioner) Johnson said.

No matter what they say, it isn't and never will be right, they are just trying to salve their consciences. If a serial killer came through their state, it, too, would create more jobs for the police, forensics, and any branch that caters to the media, but it still wouldn't be right.

janet f. (29)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:43 pm
These people are worried about jobs. I'm more worried about morality and the torture of animals.

SuzanneAWAY L. (137)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:12 pm
Jobs piggy-backed on the suffering and shortened lives of animals. This is the same excuse used for the Canadian seal hunt and so many other cruel uses of animals.

Nimue Pendragon (325)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:27 pm
Stop vivisection now!

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:20 am
Rhe trouble is that if they were forced to close they would only set-up in a different state where the laws allowed their procedures. Vexatious question on a horribly sad subject.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:47 am

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:58 am
Poor little puppy, he looks so sad. I would give him so much love!
Those bastards should have the same done to them. If there was a god, that's what would happen.

Ruth C. (264)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:16 am
What goes around comes around!

There is a place called Plum Island, its a place where they do experiments on animals, I saw it on tv a few days ago, no one knew about this till now that someone went there and did a documentary about it, it made me cry.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:27 am
GOD help us.

Ro j. (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:31 am
Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson sounds like a jerk. He thinks torture is okay as long as it saves 2000 jobs. Don't get me wrong, I've been out of work for over a year now due to the economy ... but I would not take a job at that place. I'd rather starve.

Muriel Servaege (55)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:24 am
Stop testing on animals, once and for all, and release them. What's so difficult about this?

Carrie B. (312)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:15 am
Angela is correct in her comment. The problem is even if they close the lab here in New Mexico, they will just relocate. Of course, it will cost them a lot of money to do that, but I doubt it will change anything. So very sad.

Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:54 am
Let me have a few minutes, there is a big thing going on and most research labs are losing funding this year, and trying to get activists sympathy to get some funding...and pulling all kinds of crap to get animal activists sympathy...if they can get any of their lies through, then they are in for billions of dollars of this particular group, I am almost certain is from CHINA... give me a few minutes..wont take me long ... NIH actually said they would not test on live animals and would be willing to do non-animal research for epilepsy and breast cancer if they were allowed funding and signed an agreement and a treaty with many of the animal rights ...including ALF

Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:03 pm
WOW! that did not take long, here .....Magdalena Mazurekposted toLovelace Respiratory Research Institute
May 12
You are a murderous company with murderous psychotic people, who enjoy inflicting pain. Those tests are completely useless and there are better way to do it. You know this, you just enjoy watching pain.

Cindy Zimmermannposted toLovelace Respiratory Research Institute
May 7 near Imperial Beach, CA
This research commits torture to innocent animals every second of every day. How dare you even use the word "love" in your name. You are all monsters. Pure evil. May you all feel the torture and pain that you have caused to innocent beings from God. You will pay for your sins.

Sara Pembertonposted toLovelace Respiratory Research Institute
May 27
You pathetic, savage, arrogant demonic beings are a waste of air! Lets do the SAME torturous things you do to these defenseless animals, and see how you like it! We WILL get you shut down!! HELL AWAITS YOU!!

Sara Pemberton
You pathetic, savage, arrogant demonic beings are a waste of

URGENT: Save the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Lab Animals | Beagles & Monkeys NEED YOU

lease send emails, faxes, and/or call directly the contacts of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute demanding they stop slaughtering animals. The days of action are Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15. You may use the below Sample Letter, but if you do not, please remember to include SAEN and WAR contact details with your message, thank you.


We know that everyone is busy and that there are many campaigns competing for your attention. The lives of as many as 300 monkeys and an untold number of beagles are hanging in the balance here. Please, we beg you, take some time to read about this desperate situation and take action to save these precious, innocent lives. This is an opportunity for everyone to agitate to liberate.

A year ago last June, Win Animal Rights (WAR) launched the first Operation: Agitate to Liberate and as a result, 120 beagles and 55 monkeys were liberated from a bankrupt lab in New Jersey. With your help we can do it again!

Recently a whistleblower contacted SAEN revealing that Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI), as a result of financial reverses, had plans to exterminate 300 monkeys and a colony of beagles whose size we do not yet know. The whistleblower has told us that the monkey slaughter began on Monday, July 11th. 30 monkeys are being killed every day. When they have all been wiped out, the beagles are next. – Michael Budkie, Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN)

Hundreds of Beagles & Monkeys are depending on you! We must take steps to let the LRRI management team know that the animals in their care deserve to be released and given sanctuary. They have already given enough of their lives and enough of their freedom for human greed. We are asking that for the next 2 days, you make a commitment to advocate for the lives of these innocent beings by demanding that LRRI management open lines of communication to SAEN and/or WAR before close of business on Friday, July 15, 2011.

WHOM TO CONTACT | EMAIL BLOCK,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI)
2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5127
Phone: 505-348-9400
Fax: 505-348-8567

Robert W. Rubin, PhD
President and CEO
(505) 348-9365

Richard C. McGivney, MS, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
(505) 348-9430

Cheryl N. DeVaul, BEd, MBA
Chief Human Resources Officer
(505) 348-9191

Rachel M. Blea, MBA
Director of Information Services
(505) 348-9597

Ross D. LeClaire, DVM, PhD, MSS, DABT, Fellow ATS
Director of Federal Programs
(505) 348-1795/9113

Jacob D. McDonald, PhD
Director, Chemistry and Inhalation Exposure Program
Director, Environmental Respiratory Health Program
(505) 348-9455

Robert L. Sherwood, PhD
Director of Applied Life Sciences and Toxicology
(505) 348-9459

Stephen A. Stemkowski, PhD
Director of Center for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research
(704) 775-3515

William E. Bechtold, PhD
Director of Technology Transfer
(505) 348-9456

Matthew D. Reed, PhD, DABT
Director of Preclinical Drug Development
(505) 348-4980

Cheryl D. DiCarlo, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Director Comparative Medicine/Attending Vet
(505) 348-1935

Chris Merriam-Leith, MS, PMP
Director of Business Affairs
(505) 348-9650

Penny H. Holeman, MS, MPH
Director of Biosafety, Training & Biosecurity Solutions
(505) 348-9415

Bret Hendzel, BA, MBA
Senior Director of Operations
(505) 348-9450

James Taylor
Federal Capture Manager
(505) 348-9518

Donii D. Fox, MSPH, CIH, CBSP
South Biological Safety Officer
(505) 348-1953

David D. Griego, BSME
Director of Facilities
(505) 348-9406

Ricky L. Morrow
Consultant Director of Office of Research Contracts
(505) 348-9405


To Whom It Concerns,

I have just learned that Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) is currently slaughtering animals, including monkeys and beagles, due to financial disparities. It is my understanding that dozens of animals are being killed daily and I am pleading with you to explore non-lethal alternatives including discussing this decision with animal rights groups, including Win Animal Rights and Stop Animal Exploitation Now, who have initiated a dialogue to save them. You should be aware that, despite any solicitous remarks made to facilitate social endorsement of vivisection and caused deaths, it is fundamentally cruel and unethical, and the existence of non-lethal alternatives, including rescue and sanctuary, makes sacrificing these animals to satisfy your budget deficits an unacceptable, irresponsible, and cruel response.

Animal experimentation is unnecessary, unjustified, and unprincipled, its only function to financially benefit those who exploit animals. Animals have rights to live free from pain and suffering regardless of objections to acknowledge such, and I therefore hope this message finds you willing to examine and subsequently change your complicity in their abuse and death. Please contact one or both the following organizations who have willingly offered to intervene on the animals’ behalf:

Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN):
Phone: 1-513-575-5517

Win Animal Rights (WAR):
Phone: 1-732-250-6066

Thank you for your attention and consideration.



Roxy H. (340)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:16 pm
I am writing to The Governor of NM and The Bernalillo County Commission and Lauren Zakalik from before the go to vote on this on Nov. 27.

Tell Bernalillo County Commissioners Not to Drop Animal Cruelty Law

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on November 20th, 2012
The Animal Legal Defense Fund urges all New Mexico residents to tell the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners not to drop their historic animal cruelty law—a dangerous precedent for all of New Mexico up for consideration when the Board meets on November 27, 2012.

The Board is under pressure by a notorious private laboratory, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, which engages in cruel and harmful testing on helpless dogs, primates, and other animals. Tests include making animals inhale cigarette smoke and coal-burning exhaust. The laboratory wants Bernalillo’s law dropped because they know they are probably violating it. This could begin a dangerous trend that could spread across New Mexico, inviting cruelty as local animal laws disappear.

Some Commissioners mistakenly believe that because the laboratory is also regulated under federal laws like the Animal Welfare Act, Bernalillo County is free to drop their ordinance. The truth is that none of the federal laws cover the sort of cruelty addressed by the County’s ordinance—that is why Lovelace only needs the local law off the books. Attorneys at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, experts in the relevant federal laws, confirmed that the federal Animal Welfare Act is not a comprehensive anti-cruelty law and does not prevent cruel experiments like those conducted at Lovelace.

"Make no doubt about it—if the County repeals the ordinance it is taking the position that animal cruelty is now acceptable in the Albuquerque and the County," said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. "When the County passed this law it was saying—it’s cruel to treat animals in this way. Now they are saying, it’s OK, we made a mistake. What message does it send when government drops legal protection for animals because those that abuse the animals simply ask?"

Take Action!

Please call, email, fax, or write the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners and ask them

not to throw away their animal cruelty law just because a notorious laboratory asks them to
alternatively, to delay a vote and work with ALDF to address the problems at Lovelace
please remind them that federal law—which is minimal and virtually unenforced—does not and was not intended protect Bernalillo’s animals.
Contact information:

Simon A. Kubiak, Commissioner District 1
One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
(505) 468-7027
Fax: (505) 768-4329

Art De La Cruz, Chair
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7448

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Vice Chair
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7108

Michael C. Wiener, Commissioner District 4
One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 468-7010

Posted in ALDF Blog

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Carrie B. (312)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:24 pm
Emails to the research center do more good. I have done that. They are reading ALL emails and have been surprised that the attention is so widespread. Unfortunately, from their on air comments earlier in the week, they are only concerned with local emails. Local meaning New Mexico.

Sergio Padilla (63)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:42 pm
This is so wrong!
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