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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
Bound and gagged
Yerkes research center logged 13 violations in
BY MARA SHALHOUP Published 07.05.06
On June 27, animal-rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now listed
Emory University as one of the 20 research facilities with the most
violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Emory's Yerkes Regional Primate
Research Center logged 13 violations over a nine-month period in 2005,
according to documents the group obtained through the Freedom of
Information Act. After CL asked a Yerkes rep about the most egregious of
the 13 violations, she released a statement saying Yerkes "took
immediate action" to fix the situation and hired a "quality assurance
manager" to prevent it from happening again. "We regret the error," the
statement said. Below is an excerpt from the federal inspection that
describes the violation:
"Personnel conducting studies in NS lab 2248 were observed utilizing
inappropriate restraint methods. Two Rhesus macaques were chaired for a
series of blood collections. The forearms/hands and lower legs/feet of
each animal were secured to the frame of the chair with duct tape. There
was no padding/protective layer under the tape and the fingers and toes
could not be visualized. This results in animal discomfort ... and
limited ability to quickly and safely release the animal. Questioning of
the involved individuals indicates poor understanding of humane methods
of animal experimentation. Personnel using animals to conduct studies
must be aware of methods to minimize distress and utilize them unless
scientifically justified and approved by IACUC [Institutional Animal
Care and Use Committee]."
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