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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

21 June 2005 Issue

Exposing Cruelty in Alabama

During World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2005 Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! joined with activists from Alabama Voice for Animals to reveal brutality that is commonplace within the laboratories of the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  Our joint protests and news conferences generated media coverage from 4 television stations over a two-day period, including a live remote on April 20th during a candlelight vigil.

Experimentation performed on primates at the University of Alabama, Birmingham is highly invasive, extremely painful, and very stressful for the primates used in these procedures.  One experiment deprives primates of water for as much as 21 hours per day, 5 days per week.  Another part of this project bolts metal strips to the primate’s head, which supports a head restraint post.  Coils are implanted near the eyes.  Holes are cut into the skull and electrodes are fed into the brain.  Restraint chair confinement is also a part of this protocol.  This is only one experiment, but it is typical in the highly invasive nature of the procedures.

This procedure should sound very familiar to many animal activists.  It is almost an exact duplicate of experiments performed at dozens of other labs including Harvard, Emory, UCLA, University of Washington (Seattle), etc.  In fact, this is one of the most repeated procedures in all of animal experimentation.  The National Institutes of Health currently funds this basic paradigm 175 times across the U.S.

As we have found at many other laboratories, the primate inmates at this Alabama Prison are suffering horribly.  Primate health care records from UAB reveal shocking conditions:

Primate 20680 - "The eyes are sunken in the orbits.  Body condition is poor.  Animal is thin with little adipose tissue (fat) anywhere and little muscular tissue on extremities."  Clearly this animal was so severely ill that all body fat was gone and the muscles had begun to disappear.  This primate suffered substantially.

Primate 20694 - This rhesus monkey was so highly stressed by captivity that: "he was a self-mutilator who had an extended period of lesion healing and reinjury . . . "

Primate 20754 - A Rhesus monkey who was extremely ill: "Animal in poor body condition.  She is both too small and too thin.  The spleen is smaller than expected.  She has no detectable external or internal body fat."  The lack of body fat likely indicates a lengthy period of serious disease.

Primate 20792 - "The animal has minimal body fat." - Again, this indicates long-term serious illness.

Primate 20772 – Is another rhesus monkey who suffered tremendously.   "He was noticed to be lame with swollen left ankle."

Animal after animal at UAB clearly indicate abnormally high levels of suffering and stress.  Lack of body fat, swollen joints, self-mutilation - all of these things indicates extreme pain and anguish for the victimized animals.  Clearly, the primates within UAB labs suffer tremendously.   

Please help us to keep the pressure on this abusive lab.  Please write to protest the cruelty they practice on primates:

    Carol Z. Garrison, Ph.D., President,
    University of Alabama, Birmingham
    701 20th St. South, Suite 1070
    Birmingham, AL 35294
    [email protected]


source: [email protected] (Michael A. Budkie)

    PMB 280
    1081-B St. Rt. 28
    Milford, Ohio 41510


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