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University wins land over activist group after 4-year court battle settles dispute When owner received an offer from University Research Park, he sought to dissolve his prior agreement with the animal rights activists.


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Joanna D (216)
Friday September 11, 2009, 1:49 am
Please read the article but also comments:

Kyle Mianulli’s article was largely accurate. But I should clarify one point: “Charly said he originally planned to sell the land to the animal rights activists four years ago, but they were unable to come up with the money.”

I suppose liars get so used to lying that they find it difficult to tell the truth. In fact, Charly refused to take our money, opting instead for the higher amount offered by the university. Charly had promised in writing, twice, in notarized and recorded contracts, to sell us the property.

He was able to escape from the contract only because Verne Jesse, an attorney with Murphy-Desmond, a high-priced Madison law firm, claims to be an expert in real estate law, but was incompetent, and drew up a flawed contract. That’s why Charly was able to avoid his promised obligation to sell us the property, refuse our money, and to take the higher offer from the university.

Joanna D (216)
Friday September 11, 2009, 6:23 am
Almost a year ago I posted the news story:
Wisconsin Leads the Nation in the Number of Primates Used in Experimentation.
Wednesday December 24, 2008, 12:50 pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees animal research, recently reported that 8,859 monkeys were used for experiments here in 2007, a 44% increase over the year before. Almost all were in Madison, with the largest share — 7,313 — at Covance Laboratory. The lab on Madison's northeast side also reported using 5,134 dogs, 2,639 rabbits, 863 hamsters, 332 guinea pigs, 261 pig pigs, 32 cats and no partridges in pear trees.

SAEN (Stop Animal Experimentation Now!), an Ohio-based watchdog group, says some primates used by university facilities are not reported. The group also questions the accuracy of claims that none of the monkeys used by the UW-Madison — or anywhere in Wisconsin — were subjected to the most severe category of pain.

"If humans were infected with AIDS, deprived of water for 16 hours, had devices bolted into their skulls or subjected to electro-ejaculation [which is pretty much what it sounds like], they would surely feel pain and/or distress," says SAEN director Michael Budkie, referring to some experiments at the UW, which reported having 1,500 monkeys on hand.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 11, 2009, 6:48 am
So it is all about the money and not the welfare of animals. Greed has surpassed humanity.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 11, 2009, 6:50 am
I have posted this to several laboratories and some of you maybe have not read it yet. Well here is what I have written/

I am writing this letter not because I am a scientist or an intellect or a graduate. This is from a humble human being from the bottom of my heart.

Mother earth and her inhabitants, humans and animals share this beauty of nature together and the ultimate aim is to live with her in peace and harmony where cruelty is not suppose to be part of it. People have altered it all.

What a shame that we as humans can face the cruel treatment of animals, whether it is in the laboratory, companies, factories, Circuses, Zoos, Puppy mills or individual torturing of animals, wild and domesticated.

Animals in the laboratories are being tortured and killed in the name of science for the welfare of the human being. Who are we to decide that it is all in order to do cruel tests on these animals, when they scream and try to escape from the danger they find themselves in. They use body language to communicate with the scientist and the abusive person, yet we fail to recognize the cruelty behind this. It is not natural for any animal to be put through trauma deliberately. This earth is their planet too. Looking at nature and unhampered wilderness, I tend to think that this earth is their territory in the first place. We as humans have invaded their space to make way for technology and industries. Technology has put us in a dwindling spiral and thus the reason all the conflict between nations, let alone the animals that have to suffer due to our unethical behavior.

Ironically, we are so dependant on animals for our survival. Humans fear old age, illness and death and justify the cruel experiments on animals. For how many years should man be the beast and behave like the beast and keep torturing animals that any scientist can see is endless suffering. How does a scientist go home and treat his family with passion and yet the other side of him is non caring towards other forms of life. How can he watch an animal being clamped from head to toe and observe the fear, kicking and “pleading for mercy”. How can he look at the pain and turn his head and have no remorse for his actions towards an animal that experience the same pain as any human.
Has scientist not gathered enough information and written libraries full of books of all the tests being administered on animals?

Scientists are still testing for the cure of cancer and aids and many other illnesses. They want to find a cure for all the illness and a tablet to curb old age. What for? We all have to complete the cycle of life. We all have to “depart” one day and make space for the new. It is the natural order of all living things, exactly like the weather pattern. Start educating humans to live a life of ethical and moral standards and see the Aids decline. Teach humans to wash their hands and see cholera decline. We regard ourselves as the higher species and yet we can not obey the basic rules in life. It is time we look at the behavior of animals and their self discipline. They can teach us plenty about pride and dignity.

Is it not perhaps fame that drives the scientist towards these deeds? Are these tests truly for the human survival? At a new discovery in the lab, the scientist name is on all the billboards, the media coverage and most probably the Nobel price too. Yes, the wealth speaks for it self. Do you want to see real trauma? Ask any very wealthy person to contribute towards charity and observe the devastating pain on his face. He regards his bank balance far more superior than life itself. Humans will do anything to hold on to their status which is so important for his survival. Greed has surpassed humanity………..

Mans best weapon is his reasoning. We have used it and we have abused it and then we go up in arms because this planet is not a safe place to live in anymore. Cruelty has increased. Crime has increased. Illness is taking lives of young people. Corruption has increased. All this is due to the sad behavior of people that call themselves human.

What scientist can do is start experimenting on humans and try to find out why some are so cruel and evil and only a handful show dignity towards our planet and our animals. Why am I different than the cruel and evil person? Don’t test on animals to find out why humans have lost the plot! Humanity is on the endangered list and people became used to the idea of being barbaric. The barbaric gene has invaded the human body and filled the cavity of humanity. We have lost our dignity, our ethics, our honesty, our principles and moral standards. What is left ………nothing. We are empty vessels!

Some will read this letter and grin and think that I am insane. Yes, it maybe so, but my insanity has not harmed you. My insanity has not robbed the bank. My insanity has not car jacked you. My insanity has not raped or murdered your family or friends. My insanity has not stolen your purse……..

Friday September 11, 2009, 6:54 am
If there is a HELL this man who sold the land will live there for eternty. the WIS univertity doing rersearch on primates will also pay for the horrors they are commiting.

this is no different than what the Nazis did in thier death camps except it is being done to helpless primates.


Joanna D (216)
Friday September 11, 2009, 8:03 am
I just got it from IDA:
IDA Continues To Urge NIH Peer Reviewers To Fund 21st Century Science, Citing A Half-Century And Billions Of Dollars Spent On National Primate Centers
IDA’s campaign to convince NIH peer reviewers to fund non-animal, human-centered, 21st century scientific research intensified this week. As a follow-up to our 25-page report detailing cutting-edge non-animal research methods, the broken NIH peer review funding system, and multiple examples from the scientific literature demonstrating the fundamental problems with “animal models,” IDA sent the following letter to Chairs and Administrators who are this week reviewing construction grant (“C06”) applications submitted by research facilities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In this letter, IDA urged the reviewers to fund badly needed infrastructure for research facilities that do not use animals as well as the non-animal methods that desperately need space and financial support to operate.

We are writing you regarding the reviews of NCRR C06 Construction Grant applications prepared under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This is a critical time for the future of science and medicine in this country, and your decision will help determine that future. With that in mind, we respectfully request that you help allocate all of the C06 Construction Grant funds to research facilities that do not use animals.

In a report released last month to the Advisory Councils of 21 NIH Institutes and Centers, as well as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, In Defense of Animals (IDA) recommended that the entirety of the NIH appropriations under the ARRA be spent on advancing and validating non-animal tools and techniques. This suggestion was based on commendations of cutting-edge biomedical technologies and critiques of animal research culled from peer-reviewed literature. The full report, which begins with an executive summary, is available online here.

As a logical extension of this report’s recommendations, we propose that the C06 Special Emphasis Panels focus all of its attention on reviewing and evaluating proposals for non-animal research infrastructure. The revolutionary research tools emphasized in the IDA report, especially multi-modal or “hybrid” scanners, require their own space in order to be viable. By contrast, animal facilities are already in place at many, if not most, research institutions, and yet these institutions are still planning to build more.

The National Primate Research Centers are among them. In just the last 12 years, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has allocated over $1.3 billion (in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars) to these labs in the form of P51 Primate Research Center support grants. This figure does not include construction, renovation, or other NIH institutes’ grants conducted at these centers—nor does it include the over 35 years of taxpayer-funded support for seven of the eight centers (which are currently in their 48th, 49th, or 50th year of operation). These billions of P51 Primate Center support dollars constitute a half-century of taxpayer funding.

Based on the content of research coming out of these institutions, it appears long past due for a fundamental change to occur in NCRR’s continued funding of these labs. For example, researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center alone have authored scientific papers with such titles as “Sex Differences in Juvenile Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Agonistic Screams,” “Sex Differences in Rhesus Monkey Toy Preferences,” and “Androgen-Induced Yawning in Rhesus Monkey Females” - each of which was supported by the Yerkes NPRC P51 support grant. Some of these same NCRR Primate Centers are no doubt applying for ARRA C06 construction grants, which would capitalize on our country’s serious economic situation and compete with other institutions that have not been NIH-funded for half a century and where the money could make a profound difference in public health.

We are well aware that NCRR does invest in a variety of non-animal research infrastructure, including clinical research centers and biomedical technology centers. Also, we wholeheartedly support your most progressive programs, which take into account institutional disparities, specifically in the case of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program, and geographic distribution, in the case of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program. Our hope is that you will be equally as progressive in your efforts to broaden the base of non-animal research methods, which have been systematically overlooked and underfunded. The NIH has given half a century and untold billions of dollars to the science of the past. We urgently request that - as mandated by the 1993 NIH Revitalization Act - you give the science of the future the same substantial long-term investment, support, and commitment.

Please contact the Scientific Review Administrators of these construction grant review panels and NIHpolitely request that they fund research facilities that do not use animals:

Barbara J. Nelson, Ph.D., NCRR Scientific Review Administrator,

Mohan Viswanathan, Ph.D., NCRR Scientific Review Administrator,

Carol Lambert, Ph.D., NCRR Scientific Review Administrator,

Here's a string of all three addresses to insert into your e-mail:,,
In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031

Elena P (549)
Friday September 11, 2009, 8:04 am
Thank you for all the information and sadly noted.

Joanna D (216)
Friday September 11, 2009, 8:20 am
Please remeber about the bill :
Bill Number: H.R. 1326 Bill Status: PendingHSUS Position: Support Bill Sponsor(s): Reps. Edolphus Town (D-NY), David Reichert (R-WA), Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)Legislature Status: In Session

To phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research in the United States, retire the approximately 500 federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuary, and make the recent National Institutes of Health decision to end breeding on federally owned chimpanzees statutory.
>> Action Alert! Help Support The Great Ape Protection Act
>> Get the factsheet (PDF) on this legislation

chris b (2474)
Friday September 11, 2009, 9:09 am
It is a victory of the unethical over the moral. Rather sad that the unversity only seems to have become interested in the site when it found out the animal activists were interested in it. The moral values of the vendor bonded to the dollar. The new facility will probably perpetuate tired old procedures and abuse of my relatives whilst consuming tax dollars faster than a politicians election campaign on steroids!
A Primate

chris b (2474)
Friday September 11, 2009, 9:13 am
Well there is a surprise could not post on the unversity newspaper site! Looks like this lot need their activities petitioned against Who is going to kick it off I presume someone stateside would have more credibility. This is a shocking win for the bad guys which wants rebalancing!

Catherine Turley (192)
Friday September 11, 2009, 9:18 am
they said the expansion is to make conditions cleaner and safer for the primates as well as humans. oh brother. it's to house more primates and to make it more convenient for the researchers.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday September 11, 2009, 11:36 am
This is deplorable and sadistic. The practice is archaic and should be abolished.
Thanks Joanna

chris b (2474)
Friday September 11, 2009, 11:44 am
The real reason would appear to be sweeping any opposition to their abusive and uneccessary experiments on our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom. Shame on these academic sadists! They really did not want a meseum and education centre exposing the lies and nonsense of animal experiments on their doorstep. Their gross immorality knows np bounds as they reportedly paid twice the value of the land to secure their nice clean airy torture chambers. Are they not funded by tax dollars with public accountability if so why is this waste of money not being investigated. They are asking for more tax dollars to fund this activity $15 million to build plus $2.1 million for 2 other labs for infectious deseases. Now don't that sound just dandy not content with torturing the poor monkeys they are going to full them full of infectiuos diseases as well as meddling with their minds. Sick sadistic waste of tax dollars on barbaric experiments that have been repeated ad in finitum all over the world by other sadistic psuedo scientists who have published the results widely in the scientific press. All a complete waste of time, primates and damaging to the students compassion values for our brother creatures! May the Lord Jesus Christ watch over each and every animal forced to endure these experiments, Amen! May Satan claim the souls of the evil doers for his own!

Friday September 11, 2009, 12:46 pm
oh how disgusting. What year is this? 2009!!!! I can not believe this is happening. I noted and posted on facebook.

Joycey B (750)
Friday September 11, 2009, 6:25 pm
What goes around comes around and I hope it comes back and bites them in the a$$.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Friday September 11, 2009, 9:17 pm
Up in Twitter and MySpace. A grotesque manipulation!

Pam F (221)
Saturday September 12, 2009, 4:36 am
Devastating news - seems like greed always wins out over integrity,in this ever more materialistic and callous world.

Joanna D (216)
Saturday September 12, 2009, 5:33 am
I hope US will approve the bill 1326
introduce Great Ape Protection Act
EU Commission will ban primate experiments
and the all labs and they money will be closed down
but to let it happen we need YOUR support
Please take action and educate yourselves and your friends: science doesn't need primate experiments, results of the experiments don't allow for any medical progress, if we want new drugs and treatments, which work, for cancer, Altzheimer, Parkinson we must use new technologies

Saturday September 12, 2009, 7:18 am
Joanna- you are so right "science doesn't need primate experiments, results of the experiments don't allow for any medical progress, if we want new drugs and treatments, which work, for cancer, Altzheimer, Parkinson we must use new technologies"

This is an unnecessary evil! The US alone has 1000's upon 1000's of these horrid "research places" already, like we need another one! Hell I would love to see the day where there are ZERO research places like this- ANIMAL TESTING DAYS should be LONG over!

Sheila G (267)
Saturday September 12, 2009, 10:52 am
America, what a whore, sells out for anything, money does talk, ethics have no place here anymore. even if they made great cures, it is still wrong. they keep finding faulty treatment because they are using anything but human to test, we have to keep telling friends and family, this act can save so much suffering and so many lives.
ty Joanna, I think letter writing and phone calls will work as well as a petition, but will sign anything against this shit.

gerold fahrer (185)
Saturday December 5, 2009, 10:07 am
Its like in germany....What want THEY find out? Respekt, Look on, Think and Understand the nature is the right way to learn about.....
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