Editorial Note: This afternoon, Dr. Barry Friedman mailed the letter that follows to a significant portion of the Congress of the United States. It is our hope that activists across the country will join this Eleventh Hour for Animals event on Facebook and use a modified version of his communication to send a plea to your own representatives and senators. Demand that our government stop funding atrocities inside the University of Florida immediately!
Dear Senator/Congressman ___,
I am writing to you about an atrocity happening inside the University of Florida that can occur only because it is being subsidized by the U. S. government. At any given moment, it is estimated by lab techs inside UF that more than 10,000 innocent animals comprised of every species including monkeys, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and more as well as fish are held captive and tortured inside their labs. Many of these animals are afforded zero protection under the federal Animal Welfare Act, adopted in 1962, specifically to exclude the most-abused species (i.e., rats, mice, and fish) from being recognized as “animals” under this outdated and deliberately special-interest-serving legislation. Invoking the Freedom of Information Act and Florida’s open-records law, animal-welfare activists have obtained photographs that offer a grim portrayal of the horrors to which the sadistic researchers are subjecting the confused, suffering animals. Some of these heartbreaking photographs appear on the enclosure. [attached as images in this post].