Corporate Profits at Animals' Expense

Despite widespread international efforts by humane organizations and an embarrassingly small number of scientists to reduce the number of animals utilized for research, their use continues to grow exponentially. Selling rodents for experimentation is a highly lucrative business, and Charles River Laboratories (CRL) is outflanking other breeders of laboratory rats and mice, bringing in four times the revenue of its closest competitor. This past year the company earned $55.8 million. CRL is pleased to report that "2002 represented the first year in over a decade that the worldwide sales of animals increased at double-digit levels."