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Squalor in the Laboratories
An Audit of Animal Welfare Act Compliance by U.S. Research Facilities; With Detailed Examinations of Fifteen Nationally Known Labs
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
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Northwestern University

Inspection reports from USDA visits to Northwestern University dated 6/11/02 indicate violations within areas including veterinary care, IACUC, and personnel qualifications. Within these documents the deaths of several primates are discussed. Primate 8D4 died within Ĺ hour of the completion of a marathon 9-hour surgical procedure.

Other investigators at Northwestern had completed similar procedures in half the time. Another primate, 9K2, is said to have died as a result of water deprivation. Apparently this primate was involved in a procedure wherein the animalís water intake was severely limited. At the same time the automatic watering system for a set of 4 monkeys, one of which was primate 9K2, was malfunctioning. This caused 9K2 to be water deprived even at times when water was supposed to be available, leading to death. The other three primates in this quad are also said to have been "very thirsty" when they finally received water.

It is quite apparent that negligence, combined with inadequately trained staff, and inadequate veterinary care lead directly to the deaths of two primates, and the suffering of others.

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