Animal Welfare Act Violations at Ivy League Universities

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Animal Welfare Act Violations at Ivy League Universities

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From Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), September 2011

The Ivy League universities are often lauded as among the best schools in the country,1 receiving thousands of applications from hopeful students2 and billions of dollars of public money in research grants from the National Institutes of Health each year. But do they make the grade when it comes to animal welfare? Researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) developed specific measures—a Research Misconduct Score and a Research Misconduct Index—to evaluate the Ivy League universities on their adherence to the minimal standards of the Animal Welfare Act and their stewardship of taxpayer funding through the National Institutes of Health.

FINDINGS

PCRM researchers found that all eight Ivy League universities had disturbingly high numbers of Animal Welfare Act violations, many of which were repeat or severe. Based on a PCRM scoring system that weighs the number and severity of violations, the Ivy League schools were ranked from worst to eighth worst.

IVY LEAGUE RESEARCH MISCONDUCT REPORT CARD:

Rank University Research
Misconduct
Score
Notable Violations
Worst University of Pennsylvania 120 A dead newborn puppy was found
under a kennel floor grate.
2nd
worst(tie)
Princeton University 49 Nonhuman primate were routinely forced
to go more than 24 hours without water.
2nd worst
(tie)
Yale University 49 Baboons were burned and blistered when
heating pads were substitute for warm
water units in an experiment.
4th
worst
Harvard University 48 A cage was sent through a mechanical
cage washer wit a primate still inside.
He was found dead.
5th
worst
Cornell University 38 A primate's lungs essentially burst when
an important valve was not opened during
Surgery. The animal died of pulmonary
Hyperinflation.
6th
worst
Brown University 35 Students used animals in surgical
experiments not approved by the ICAC.
Two had to be euthanized.
7th
worst
Dartmouth College 33 An investigator noticed a nonhuman
primate so thin his pelvic bones showed.
The attending veterinarian had not been
notified of his life-threatening weight loss.
8th
worst
Columbia University 25 Alternatives to a painful experiment were
not even considered.