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 The Animal Experimentation Scandal (2005 Updated Report):
An Audit of the Funding of Animal Experimentation By Seven Federal Agencies Listing the top Laboratories – in Order of Funding Received During 2003
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
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Audit Scope and Methodology

This evaluation is based on searches of the CRISP system for 2003 using terms that describe 27 separate species of animals. Terms used to examine small animal use include: mouse, rat, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil and rabbit. Primate species names used include: macaca (Latin species name for macaque monkeys), saimiri (Latin species name for squirrel monkeys), baboon, chimpanzee, aotus, gibbon mangabey, cercopithecidae, and callithricidae. However, there are at least 345 projects which contain the word primate but apparently do not specify a species. These studies were purposely not counted due to lack of specificity and also as a hedge to allow for some studies which could contain the names of multiple species. Companion animal species examined include: dog, cat, and ferret. “Farm” animals species examined include cow, horse, sheep, pig, and goat Birds discussed include songbirds, chickens, and pigeons. Other species which were not discussed include chiroptera (bats), lizards, and fish.

The tendency here has been to be conservative, and avoid overstating the situation.

Searches run on these terms will bring up a list of all funded grants using these animals. This will not give us any information on specific animal use numbers, but it should reveal the number of different experiments that these government agencies fund which utilize these species.

This system will not yield a foolproof measure of animal experiments. The results are from a limited number of government agencies including: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH). This evaluation does not cover any experiments within the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and many other governmental agencies. This examination also ignores privately funded experiments. This investigation is meant only to reveal trends in the most general terms. However, there is no reason to believe that other entities, whether public or private, are moving in any other direction.

Funding estimates are derived by simply multiplying the number of grants in a specific category or for a specific facility by the average grant amounts published by the National Institutes of Health for the relevant year. The only exception to this methodology is in reference to eight research facilities. These eight laboratories (University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, University of California – Davis, Tulane, Emory, Harvard, Oregon Health Sciences University and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research) publish the amount of funding they receive for primate experimentation in a progress report. The amount from this progress report has been substituted for the amount that would have been derived by multiplying the primate species numbers by the average grant amount.

This report also contains statistics regarding the percentage of grants for each facility which involves animal usage. This number was obtained by dividing the number of animal oriented grants by the total number of grants in the CRISP system for the facility in question. These facilities comprise a representative sample of all research in the U.S. because they account for 51% of all animal research grants in the U.S.

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