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Jordana Lenon

Public Information Officer and Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. AKA: Spin doctor, propagandist, paid liar, apologist for greatest cruelty in Madison. Visit her homepage.

Turn on any nature show and you are likely to see Jane Goodall talking about how smart chimpanzees are, or you will learn that monkeys will drag a rock for up to a mile and use it as a tool to crack open a tough nut.

A large and growing segment of society is speaking out on behalf of the monkeys and other animals in the labs around the country. As we learn more about who these animals are – about their minds and emotions – we can see that their suffering is as horrible as the Nazi's human laboratory victims'.

Is it really so farfetched to compare this situation with that of human prisoners kept in concentration camps?

Reinhardt V (Former UW primate veterinarian), Reinhardt, A. 2001. Environmental Enrichment for Caged Macaques. Second edition. Animal Welfare Institute

Enlightened voices are speaking out. Jordana Lenon, on the other hand, works daily to confuse the public and to make the university's intense cruelty acceptable to the public. She does this in various ways.

She claims that there is careful oversight by the university and the federal government.

The university oversight committees are little more than rubberstamps in the “anything goes” world of animal experimentation. The committees are no more than vivisectors approving each other's experiments.

The USDA Office of the Inspector General has published the results of an investigation into federal oversight of animal research and concluded that:

[V]iolators [of federal laws governing animal research] consider the monetary [fines] as a normal cost of conducting business rather than a deterrent for violating the law...

During FYs 2002 through 2004, the number of research facilities cited for violations of the AWA has steadily increased from 463 to 600 facilities. Most [Veterinary Medical Officers] believe there are still problems with the search for alternative research, veterinary care, review of painful procedures, and the researchers' use of animals.

Jordana Lenon will spin this to say that the oversight system is working perfectly.

In fact, animals are suffering horribly all the time. You are paying for it.

*USDA, Office of Inspector General. Audit Report: APHIS Animal Care Program Inspection and Enforcement Activities. Report No. 33002-3-SF. September 2005.


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