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University of California, Davis CA

Report: Inside the Laboratories of UC Davis: The Truth About Primate Experimentation
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN
513-575-5517 [email protected]

University of California, Davis / California Primate Research Center

Background Information

The University of California, Davis/California Primate Research Center is one of the largest primate research facilities in the United States. According to the website for the primate center the center houses/experiments on approximately 4000 primates per year.

The report filed with the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service lists the use of 4661 primates during the 2001 reporting year. Documentation filed with the National Institutes of Health (funding agency for the primate center) by the Primate Center indicate total primates passing through the facility to be roughly 4100 for the 2002 2003 reporting year. During this same reporting year the Primate Center brought $81.1 million to the University of California through experimentation.

Researchers affiliated with the Primate Center/UC Davis perform experiments in many areas including virology, reproduction, neurobiology, drug addiction, etc. It would be beyond the scope of this report to examine all research at the facility. This report will examine experimentation in the area of neurobiology.

Reports filed by UC Davis with the USDA for the 2000 and 2001 reporting years list the use of 4987 (2000) and 4661 (2001) primates in experimentation. For a two year period 9648 primates were used in experimentation. However, according to UC Davis none of these animals experienced any pain or distress.

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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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