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Coulston calls AID "Silly"

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    In Defense of Animals 131 Camino Alto, Suite E Mill Valley, CA 94941 415/388-9641 NEWS RELEASE DATE: January 7, 1998 HEAD OF AIDS TESTING LAB CALLS FOR PATIENT
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      In Defense of Animals
      131 Camino Alto, Suite E
      Mill Valley, CA 94941
      415/388-9641

      NEWS RELEASE
      DATE: January 7, 1998


      HEAD OF AIDS TESTING LAB CALLS FOR PATIENT QUARANTINE

      Recipient of $8 Million in Federal AIDS Research Funds Says AIDS
      Is "Silly"
      Disease

      A toxicologist whose private foundation has received more than $8
      million
      in federal AIDS research funds has called for the quarantine of AIDS
      patients. In the December 30, 1997 Wall Street Journal, the
      toxicologist,
      Frederick Coulston, called AIDS a "silly disease" and suggested that
      its
      victims display "quarantine" signs.

      "It is appalling that an individual with such a derisive view of AIDS
      has
      been entrusted with federal funds earmarked to fight this tragic
      disease,"
      said Suzanne Roy, Program Director of In Defense of Animals (IDA),
      which has
      been investigating Coulston's non-profit corporation, The Coulston
      Foundation (TCF), for several years. TCF has a long record of
      violating
      federal animal welfare laws, and with over 600 chimps, is by far the
      largest
      captive colony of chimpanzees in the world.

      TCF's federal AIDS support comes in the form of a multi-million dollar
      subcontract with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to house and
      care
      for HIV-infected chimpanzees. The subcontract is currently being
      looked
      into by the office of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of the House
      Government Reform and Oversight Committee, for possible price-
      gouging.

      Coulston's comments about AIDS were made in a Journal article about
      the
      fate of 144 chimpanzees who are about to be divested of by the Air
      Force.
      Coulston is vying for "ownership" of the chimpanzees, as is a
      coalition of
      animal welfare organizations, led by chimpanzee experts Drs. Jane
      Goodall
      and Roger Fouts.

      In press reports, Coulston has also claimed to have discovered the
      hepatitis B vaccine as well as a vaccine against malaria. Neither
      claim is
      substantiated by scientific evidence. In fact, no vaccine against
      malaria
      even exists, nor does Coulston have a single hepatitis-related
      scientific
      publication. In addition, Coulston, who also has no AIDS-related
      scientific
      publications, was roundly criticized last year when he claimed on CNN
      that a
      vaccine tested at his laboratory was "the answer" to AIDS. Coulston
      has
      espoused many non-scientific beliefs, such as his statements that
      nicotine
      is not addictive and does not affect health; that lead levels in the
      blood
      do not cause brain damage; and that DDT is one of the greatest
      inventions of
      man and does not thin bird eggs.

      Coulston, who controls almost one-half of the entire U.S. chimp
      population,
      has also espoused fringe views regarding humans' closest genetic
      cousins,
      repeatedly stating his desire to use chimpanzees as living blood and
      organ
      banks and to test toxic chemicals.

      TCF has also repeatedly violated federal law. The foundation is
      currently
      under official investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
      (USDA)
      for negligent chimpanzee deaths in 1997, despite its 1996 pledge to
      cease
      and desist violating the Animal Welfare Act as part of its $40,000
      settlement of formal USDA charges for previous animal welfare
      violations.
      TCF is currently being sued by several ex-employees for sexual
      harassment.
      TCF's lawyers failed in their attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, which
      alleges,
      among other things, that Coulston's son Craig, who is TCF's Vice-
      President,
      touched the breasts of one plaintiff, and put another in a bear hug
      and
      demanded that she kiss him.

      "It is high time that the NIH explain why it is subsidizing a private
      business that cannot seem to comply with federal law and whose leader
      continues to espouse anti-scientific, fringe views," said Roy.

      In Defense of Animals is a national animal advocacy organization with
      over
      70,000 members based in Mill Valley, California.

      The Coulston Foundation can be reached at 1300 La Velle Rd.,
      Alamogordo,
      NM 88310, 505-434-1725 (ph), 505-437-9897 (FAX), coulston@...
      (email).
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