Coulston calls AID "Silly"
- In Defense of Animals
131 Camino Alto, Suite E
Mill Valley, CA 94941
DATE: January 7, 1998
HEAD OF AIDS TESTING LAB CALLS FOR PATIENT QUARANTINE
Recipient of $8 Million in Federal AIDS Research Funds Says AIDS
A toxicologist whose private foundation has received more than $8
in federal AIDS research funds has called for the quarantine of AIDS
patients. In the December 30, 1997 Wall Street Journal, the
Frederick Coulston, called AIDS a "silly disease" and suggested that
victims display "quarantine" signs.
"It is appalling that an individual with such a derisive view of AIDS
been entrusted with federal funds earmarked to fight this tragic
said Suzanne Roy, Program Director of In Defense of Animals (IDA),
been investigating Coulston's non-profit corporation, The Coulston
Foundation (TCF), for several years. TCF has a long record of
federal animal welfare laws, and with over 600 chimps, is by far the
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
for HIV-infected chimpanzees. The subcontract is currently being
into by the office of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of the House
Government Reform and Oversight Committee, for possible price-
Coulston's comments about AIDS were made in a Journal article about
fate of 144 chimpanzees who are about to be divested of by the Air
Coulston is vying for "ownership" of the chimpanzees, as is a
animal welfare organizations, led by chimpanzee experts Drs. Jane
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
substantiated by scientific evidence. In fact, no vaccine against
even exists, nor does Coulston have a single hepatitis-related
publication. In addition, Coulston, who also has no AIDS-related
publications, was roundly criticized last year when he claimed on CNN
vaccine tested at his laboratory was "the answer" to AIDS. Coulston
espoused many non-scientific beliefs, such as his statements that
is not addictive and does not affect health; that lead levels in the
do not cause brain damage; and that DDT is one of the greatest
man and does not thin bird eggs.
Coulston, who controls almost one-half of the entire U.S. chimp
has also espoused fringe views regarding humans' closest genetic
repeatedly stating his desire to use chimpanzees as living blood and
banks and to test toxic chemicals.
TCF has also repeatedly violated federal law. The foundation is
under official investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
for negligent chimpanzee deaths in 1997, despite its 1996 pledge to
and desist violating the Animal Welfare Act as part of its $40,000
settlement of formal USDA charges for previous animal welfare
TCF is currently being sued by several ex-employees for sexual
TCF's lawyers failed in their attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, which
among other things, that Coulston's son Craig, who is TCF's Vice-
touched the breasts of one plaintiff, and put another in a bear hug
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
70,000 members based in Mill Valley, California.
The Coulston Foundation can be reached at 1300 La Velle Rd.,
NM 88310, 505-434-1725 (ph), 505-437-9897 (FAX), coulston@...