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