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The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2003
An Investigative Report
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

Recommendations of this Report

  1. The United States Department of Agriculture should develop specific definitions of experimental procedures potentially causing pain or distress within primate experiments. These definitions should discuss issues such as social isolation, severe confinement (i.e. use of primate restraint chairs, head immobilization etc.), severe food/water limitations, the use of electric shock, etc. Facilities should be required to report experiments of this type, as causing pain or distress, and should be subject to regulatory action for failure to do so.
     
  2. The General Accounting Office should perform an audit of the National Institutes of Health to address the use of primates in duplicative experiments, forwarding the results to the United States Department of Agriculture for regulatory action against those laboratories performing unnecessarily duplicative procedures, and those procedures should be immediately terminated.
     
  3. The National Institutes of Health should develop guidelines to prevent the unnecessary duplication of experimental projects. For example, a limitation should be placed on the number of projects funded in specific areas on a species by species basis.
     
  4. Laboratories utilizing primates should open their doors to closer public scrutiny, including tours of both laboratories and holding facilities for print and broadcast media. These same laboratories should also make relevant records (such as primate health care records, necropsy reports and research protocols) available to the public.
     
  5. Congressional oversight hearings investigating the funding of projects by the NIH should be convened upon completion of the GAO audit.

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