University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
|Animal ID||Death Date||Cause of Death|
|05D324||2/10/2010||Acute Hemorrhagic enteritis w/septicemia|
|02D420||5/18/2010||Necrosing Traumatic Wounds|
|A10V145||10/8/2010||Severe Rectal Prolapse|
Several of the animals listed above involve the issue of necrosis (death of tissue due to injury, infection, etc.) and I believe that necrosis is indicative of inadequate observation of animals for an extended period of time. Similarly, septicemia (systemic infection) takes time to develop and must also be the result of inadequate observation. Additionally, it is clear that a high number of animals at this facility have died due to traumatic injuries. The documents which provided the data above is relevant to only roughly 20% of the 6500 primates at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Therefore, it is highly likely that as many as 45 monkeys die due to traumatic injuries at this facility every year. This must indicate violation of:
Section 2.33 Veterinary Care. (b)(2) The use of appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries.
Since the documents in my possession deal with only a fraction of the animals at this lab, it is imperative that all deaths of unusual causes (trauma, septicemia, etc.) must be investigated as well.
As this investigation is likely to bring to light more violations by the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, I must also insist that this facility receive the maximum in penalties for these infractions as well.
I expect that your office will reply to this correspondence within five business days.
Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN
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.