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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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Congressional oversight hearings investigating the
funding of projects by the NIH should be convened upon completion of the
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