S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
Squalor in the Laboratories
An Audit of Animal Welfare Act Compliance by U.S.
Research Facilities; With Detailed Examinations of Fifteen Nationally
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
Scope and Methodology
This audit will examine two different aspects of the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Statistics published by the USDA/APHIS regarding
violations of the AWA will be discussed. In addition, conditions within
fifteen nationally known laboratories will be examined. Fourteen of these
laboratories house primates. The number of primates confined within these
labs ranges from zero to 3000. Laboratories within eleven states, and both
USDA regions will be examined.
The documentation utilized for these examinations will
have several sources. In some instances internal documentation for the
specific laboratories in question will be utilized. In most instances USDA
inspection reports for the last three years will be utilized. Published
accounts of experimental protocols in medical journals will also be
This audit will examine trends in violations of the AWA.
Specific violation categories will be developed, and quantified. Trends in
violations will also be developed regarding a common pattern of violations
within laboratories, etc. Special emphasis will be given to instances
where animals have died as a result of inadequate care.
In general, the focus of this report will be to disclose
the true level of conditions within nationally known laboratories. It is
believed that these laboratories will be stereotypical of the entire
system of laboratories across the U.S.
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