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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!

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Causes: Animals

Mission: SAEN - Stop Animal Exploitation NOW's mission is to END animal experiments through cutting-edge investigations, hard-hitting media exposés, and public pressure.

Results: 1) SAEN CLOSES LABS DOWN! Included on SAEN’s trophy wall: Santa Cruz Biotech, Harvard’s Primate Research Center, U of Oklahoma’s baboon program, Cimcool’s animal lab, and primate experimentation at Penn State Med School, Wooster College, and several undisclosed labs. 2) SAEN PROSECUTES LABS! Over 1100 labs are registered in the US - we investigate EVERY SINGLE ONE. If they BREAK laws, SAEN acts! In last 5 years, SAEN secured prosecution of OVER 55 labs. 3) SAEN LEADS IN MAJOR MEDIA COVERAGE! We routinely garner OVER 100 articles in major publications, educating millions and exposing criminal labs along with connecting SAEN with whistleblowers. SAEN has been proved to be “50K times MORE Effective than other groups” in garnering coverage, and thus, instrumental in changing public opinion. 4) SAEN FREES ANIMALS FROM LABS! Today, dozens of animals live in sanctuaries directly due to SAEN’s Sanctuary Fund grants and SAEN’s campaigns effectively targeting labs!

Target demographics: end abusive animal experimentation in labs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We monitor USDA and NIH databases to ensure that federal laws are enforced and labs are cited/fined; ensure sanctuaries are funded so animals can be retired from labs; attend conferences, hold news briefings, and participate in broadcast interviews to educate the public and media about the antiquated atrocities of animal experimentation and waste of tax money; considered leading expert on animal experimentation issue in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Investigation of abusive practices within research facilities and exposing these abuses through coordinated media events.

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113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cat4ever

Donor

Rating: 5

Stop Animal Exploitation Now is a top-notch, very well-run organization that puts its full heart and soul into divulging the atrocities of animal research to end it.

Still highly recommend donating to them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to SAEN after they exposed a local university's animal research and its abuses. I never knew this was still going on in this day and age. Bravo to SAEN for exposing these hidden atrocities to the general public.

vegan

Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN’s investigations and extensive exposés to expose labs to prosecute them and to educate the general public is impressive! Hat's off to the entire team as they are a wonderful group doing a massive job!

Thank you, SAEN, for doing work most of us do not have the courage to do ourselves!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that SAEN is single-issue oriented - to put an end to animal experimentation. I also have personally participated in various annual events coordinated by SAEN to bring to light the horrors and fallacies of animal experimentation to the general public. SAEN is one of the most dedicated organizations out there. If you want to see an end to vivisection, donate to SAEN!

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freedom fighter

Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN is responsible for release of hundreds of animals from labs now living in sanctuaries! Not only does SAEN expose the atrocities of animal research to end it but they financially support sanctuaries to be able to accept these abused ex-lab animals to live unharmed in sanctuaries. Bravo, SAEN!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love to SAEN for the thousands of animals, now and future generations, they have rescued and saved from the abuses of animal experimentation AND to the millions and millions of people they have exposed the issue to over the years.

Eva F.

Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN does so much good via their research, investigations, media exposure, and federal complaints to unmask the vile inhumane animal experimentation still going on today. I cannot state emphatically enough how important this organization is!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love SAEN! They are leading in closing labs and getting labs fined and prosecuted. Just read yesterday that SAEN's investigations lead to a abusive lab to be fined $100K by the USDA. Definitely, a lifelong supporter of this effective group.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This Organization has the most impact in the fight against animal testing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN is a very effective organization fighting for the animals imprisoned in labs. I really like this group because they only work on one issue which I feel makes them more effective as all of their resources are focused on a single target. I would highly recommend SAEN as they are a very dedicated and professional group that gets a lot accomplished on a small budget.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN is a unique organization in that it focuses solely on animal experimentation. Effectively honing all of their resources, attention and energies onto one issue keeps them driven and determined to make concrete changes now. SAEN is doing so much to expose abuses and educate people on the needless cruelty on this issue. If interested in seeing animal experimentation end, then please support this front runner of an organization as SAEN is well worth supporting.

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James189

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stop Animal Exploitation Now is extremely effective at closing labs, getting news stories, and changing public opinion. This organization accomplishes more on a shoestring budget than other groups with multi-million dollar budgets.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN is making a true concrete difference for animals in labs right now. This group closes and prosecutes labs, and places former lab victims in sanctuaries.

Donor

Rating: 5

So glad to be donating to an effective, reputable organization knowing that my donation is being put to work to end animal exploitation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

So glad to find a great organization like SAEN! They are doing wonderful work on behalf of animals imprisoned in labs.

Elyse B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAEN does outstanding work, from news stories to USDA fines, its all about getting the labs shut down and the animals out. I can't wait until SAEN can move on to another issue because they have closed all US labs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of their work is so helpful towards the animals plight and they do it in such a way that the media has to take them seriously! This is what the animals need. Such a good organization to work for/with. Every interaction I've had has been a great success. If SAEN wasn't in the animal rights field then I doubt that there would be as many advances towards stopping animal research!

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed at this effective organization and their unyielding commitment to their mission. I plan to keep donating regularly to SAEN who has the key to ending animal research.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Really admire and love the work that SAEN does for animals in labs and for ending animal experimentation! Been a donor for over 10 years and would highly recommend SAEN.

1 Michael153

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 1996, SAEN was founded on one principle and one principle only to EXPOSE and END animal experimentation. To this date, SAEN has upheld this goal with these accomplishments: unprecedented lab closures, record-setting USDA levied fines, multitudes of animals liberated from their prisons, AND the largest number of media stories exposing vivisection annually.

To this end, one concrete way to bring down an atrocity is to drag it out into the public eye. Each year SAEN continues to lead the pack in garnering media coverage on animal experiments exposing millions to witness this heinous, antiquated exploitation and call for its end. Recently, SAEN was recognized for being 50,000 to 140,000 times more effective at reaching the public than similar organizations. Basically, for every dollar donated to SAEN, it is spent more effectively to fulfill its mission. I invite you to be part of this change for animals desperately awaiting freedom by donating to SAEN today.

Check out article here: http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/05/18/why-is-animal-use-in-labs-up-even-as-public-moral-approval-is-down/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wow, this is SAEN's 20th anniversary this year, and with each passing year we are continually evolving our approach in fighting the exploitation of animals imprisoned in labs. Our recent successes speak volumes for SAEN has forever closed seven labs/protocols in the last four years, initiated over four dozen labs being successfully prosecuted by the USDA in the last 2 1/2 years, and consistently garners over a hundred media stories annually exposing the negligence and ineptitude of these heinous facilities forever tarnishing their reputations in the eyes of the general public. Stay tuned for we have only just begun to fight!

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1 Bryan M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SAEN is hands down the most effective organization working to expose the truth about animal experimentation. They are tireless, conscientious and relentless in their pursuit of the truth and bringing those who harm animals to justice. They have an extremely low overhead, one of the lowest of any non profit group working on any issue anywhere in the world so every dollar you donate will be going directly to help the animals. I highly recommend SAEN. They are only limited in the amount of animals they can save by the amount of resources they have. They have a proven model of advocacy that works. You can be confident your donation no matter the amount will save lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SAEN is hands down the most effective group working to expose the fraudulent animal experimentation industry and their countless abuses of animals. I have had the honor of knowing the founders and employees of SAEN for several years now. They are some of the hardest working, smartest, ethical and most dedicated people I have ever known. I highly recommend supporting SAEN in whatever way you can. SAEN gets more done with a dollar than most groups get done with 10. They are tireless in their pursuit of the truth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SAEN is a great group, working constantly to help animals in labs in all possible ways. I support them 100%!

Steven64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think since 2008 or so I've been familiar with the vital work SAEN does & the list of achievements seems to be reliably consistent. They improve the lives of hundreds of animals annually & are constantly being whistle-blowers of laboratories violating the limited laws that benefit animals otherwise doomed to Vivisection.

I have had numerous experiences in these last 9 years doing on-the-ground protests for SAEN, hearing SAEN's latest news in their presentations at Animal Rights conferences in Washington D. C., Florida, California, & their home city, the land of Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH.

Over the years I've come to know the founders, Karen & Michael Budkie & I know that their work for animals is their life. They're entirely dedicated & effectively operate SAEN.
Great at documenting & promoting their efforts & successes, their work is not on a small-scale or localized but nationally & occasionally internationally recognized.

SAEN's news conferences are proving again & again to be the best & favored method for quickly making the public aware of the latest crimes committed by the revolting & unnecessary industry that is Vivisection.
-Not only is SAEN making the public aware of the horrendous bizarre acts committed behind closed doors but they truly are putting fear into the financiers, suppliers, & management of of these laboratories. Legally, SAEN is finding the "Achilles' Heal" where these laboratories can do no more than evolve away from testing on animals or outright shutting them down.
I have total faith that every day the investigators at SAEN give their best to their bottom line: to end suffering & to open the cages. They are truly among the best animal advocates.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw a representative of SAEN speak last week at the South Florida VeganFest and was extremely impressed at the dedication and knowledge of this group. I went originally to this event to learn more about vegan food and ended up walking away with much more because of SAEN's presentation, "The $14 Billion Hoax – Correcting the Myths and Combating the Propaganda." I did not know that our gov't is wasting so much of our tax money on animal experimentation. Definitely, following this group on social media and donating to SAEN.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAEN is an incredible organization that works tirelessly to advocate for animals in laboratories. I have seen first-hand the countless hours the directors and volunteers dedicate to this cause that is so near to their hearts. Unlike some of the bigger nonprofits, SAEN is more concerned with ending animal experimentation and changing the lived realities of animals trapped in labs than they are with marketing their brand. If you donate to SAEN (time and/or money), you can be certain that your donation is really making a difference. I have seen SAEN's efforts create real change and progress -- SAEN's campaigns are direct, well-researched, well-organized, and largely successful. The organization's goal (as I understand it) is to end animal experimentation -- Because SAEN is out there fighting on the front lines, I believe that this is a real possibility. I have the utmost respect for SAEN, its directors, and its campaigns. SAEN is an honest, transparent, and worthy nonprofit, and a fighting force to combat a horrific industry.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAEN has been in the vanguard for the animals for many years. My experience with them has shown a very small group of people with impeccable integrity. Their effect on championing change in the area of animal experimentation far out sizes the size of the organization. In essence, two people have accomplished more year to year than larger organizations with budgets of millions in dollars. I would dare say that they are so effective that at times others have taken credit for what they have accomplished to do no more than steal the thunder that SAEN has done.

This is one non-profit that you and I can absolutely feel confident in investing in. While they do not have the budget to have a large media megaphone you can be assured that they do very good work and get more accomplished that any other two or three organization combine do in this field.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The animals have NO credit card BUT I can use mine to show that SAEN knows the way to go to make a difference in our world NOW and SAEN does just that - AND HOW! SAEN has 100% of my support and gratitude for their tireless dedication to tackle the grueling issue of animal experimentation.

Sally35

Donor

Rating: 5

I first came into contact with the people of SAEN about seven years ago at an animal rights conference. Realizing that we happen to live in the same state, we've had occasion to attend different events relating to the care of animals, and I've visited their offices, as well.

I can honestly say that they are 100% dedicated to the animals. Nearly every waking moment is spent researching and exposing the atrocities committed in the name of science. Without their dedication and resulting publicity, the animals who are victimized by these companies, labs, and universities would have no hope of freedom.

Our government requires that records be filed by these labs revealing the deaths and incidents of neglect. If it weren't for the people at SAEN, those records would gather dust in a file somewhere. SAEN shines the light at the end of the tunnel for the animals by showing the government its own records of deaths and neglect, demanding the requisite fines, and making sure that the public in general is informed, as well. Labs with continuous records of abuse and neglect have been shut down, all because of the hard work and dedication of SAEN.

It's not an easy thing to do, reading of the horrible things done to animals. But it's something that must be done and the people at SAEN are doing a wonderful job of it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group of dedicated people is second to none in its efforts to bring awareness and create change. Until I began to read their articles, I really had no idea of just what went on behind those lab walls. They work tirelessly to prevent the offenders from continuing their atrocities by bringing to light the offenses that are all documented in official records. SAEN acts upon the documented facts and brings it to the media and the rest of us, and then follows through to demand changes. Imagine having to dig through the thousands of documents that are required to be kept by labs and read of the horrors that people call "science," day in and day out. Without SAEN's work, these incidents would just continue to be statistics. But SAEN won't let the labs or our government forget that these are sentient beings who are being legally and illegally abused. Rules, as weak as they are, must be followed and labs must be held accountable. Thankfully, SAEN is right there doing it for us.

Dallas R.

Donor

Rating: 4

Considering that SAEN is pretty much run by two people, the things they've done is impressive. I think of Michael as a walking encyclopedia in his field. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone more dedicated and dogged in pursuit of justice for animals in laboratories.