From Progress For Science
Animal welfare violations at the
University of California, Los Angeles laboratories
August 2010 – December 2012
This report details publicly accessible information regarding animal welfare violations committed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) between August 2010 and December 2012. According to citation details provided by the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), UCLA routinely disregards the most basic guidelines of animal care.
WELFARE FOR ANIMALS: FOR WHICH ONES AND TO WHAT EXTENT?
Experiments on nonhuman animals in an attempt to understand human health are problematic. In the words of Dr. Ray Greek, “vivisection is currently sold to society based on the falsehood that animal experimentation can predict human response to drugs and disease” (Greek 2013). Setting aside the issue of whether vivisection—experiments on live animals—is predictive, necessary, productive or a responsible use of money available for research, the well being of the animals is a critical factor to take into account. There are minimal oversight mechanisms in place both at the federal and, in the case of universities, at the institutional level, but these guidelines are not effective in guaranteeing animals even a modicum of care and relief from pain and suffering if they are not followed. UCLA’s track record confirms these misgivings.
See entire 15-page report here - PDF
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