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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,
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
513-575-5517 saen@saenonline.org  

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 utilized.

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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