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The Reality of Primate Experimentation in the United States:
Lies, Greed, and Insanity

By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.

Introduction and methodology

The use of non-human primates in experimentation has reached an all-time high in the United States as of 2006 as, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, over 62,000 rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees, marmosets, aotus monkeys, vervets, and other species of primates fell under the knife. What happens to these animals in U.S. laboratories? Are they receiving even the basic necessities of life such as food and water? Are they receiving adequate protection under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)? When laboratories violate the AWA regarding the use of primates, do they receive substantial penalties?

This report will investigate all of these issues based on available documentation. This documentation will include inspection reports and animal use reports from the United States Department of Agriculture for the years 2006 & 2007. Other sources of information will include grant applications from various parts of the National Institutes of Health, and accounts of specific incidents from news media.

However, it must be noted that the sources of information available for use in this report are incomplete. Despite improvements in efforts by the USDA in making documentation available regarding the use of animals in laboratories, substantial areas of incomplete disclosure exist. For example, while some level of availability of the annual report forms for research facilities for 2006 & 2007 exists, virtually all laboratories which use animals in experimentation involving unrelieved pain and/or distress are still unavailable this includes many of the largest primate facilities.

Additionally, for many laboratories for which the forms are available, the attachments which disclose important documentation regarding exceptions to standard care (i.e. severe limitations on availability of food or water, use of multiple survival surgical procedures on animals, inadequately sized caging, isolation housing for primates, etc.) are not available even though it is possible to demonstrate from other sources that such non-standard care is in existence. Many crucial reports are unavailable, including forms for the facilities of the National Institutes of Health intramural facilities. Additionally, a Freedom of Information Act request was placed with the USDA/APHIS/AC in 2006 for copies of the most recent inspection reports for all registered research facilities in the United States. At the time of writing, this request has not yet been fully met leaving some substantial holes in the data. However, a fairly complete picture of primate experimentation can be compiled using a combination of data sources.

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