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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
Animal rights group accuses Harvard, MIT of abusing animals
By Associated Press, 8/30/2001 10:14
BOSTON (AP) A national animal rights group has
accused the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and
nearly 50 other institutions of abusing animals in their research labs.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to investigate the research labs. The group alleges that each of the labs
violates the federal Animal Welfare Act, which requires researchers to
justify potentially painful experimentation done without using anesthesia
on test subjects.
Neither institution has any history of warnings or violations related to
Michael Budkie, SAEN's executive director, told the Boston Herald that 94
percent of the 50 institutions his group reviewed do not accurately report
painful procedures done on primates.
''They're trying to put a good face on highly invasive procedures,''
Budkie said. ''Some of these institutions have been doing these
experiments for 30 years.''
Harvard and MIT perform brain-mapping experiments which require primates
to be confined in restraint chairs with recording devices attached to
their skulls, Budkie said. Budkie also claimed that they animals are often
denied food and water.
MIT did not return the Herald's calls for comment. But Cynthia Lepore,
spokeswoman for McLean Hospital in Belmont another organization that SAEN
claims abuses animals said the hospital conducts its experiments on
animals to better understand illnesses like schizophrenia or depression.
McLean researchers conduct experiments that subject primates to food
deprivation, electric shock, multiple surgeries and restraints, Budkie
McLean also does not have any record of animal abuse violations or
Harvard spokesman Don Gibbons said that Harvard has a committee that
ensures that procedures done with anesthesia are done appropriately
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