Washington and Florida – Exposing Abuse Across the U.S.
Abusing animals in laboratories is not something that is limited to one location in the U.S. Dozens of laboratories torture primates in many different ways. SAEN works with local activists across the U.S. to fight abuse wherever it occurs.
The University of Washington, Seattle (UW) is the home of the Washington National Primate Research Center (WNPRC). The UW receives over $82 million a year for primate experimentation.
During the three-year period from 1998 to 2000, the Washington National Primate Research Center imprisoned an average of 2499 primates a year. Many of these animals live solitary lives, condemned to isolation and loneliness.
During September 2001, a rhesus monkey (#K93464) died at the UW after eating a set of latex gloves. Over fifteen pieces of latex were found in the intestines of this monkey after death.
During a six-month period, two different rhesus monkeys (T94397 and 93169) died at the UW of anesthetic reactions. These monkeys had (supposedly) only been sedated for drawing blood samples.
Other monkeys at the UW have died while suffering from severe dehydration and malnutrition. Their bodies were totally devoid of fat, meaning that they had suffered through long and painful illnesses. We believe that this information clearly indicates abuse and negligence at the University of Washington, Seattle.
SAEN has taken decisive action to end this situation. We have contacted the President of the University of Washington demanding an independent investigation of animal care within the UW’s labs. We have also exposed the abuse to the citizens of Seattle through an effective media campaign.
SAEN contacted major media outlets in Seattle on October 16th. We achieved amazing results. Within 24 hours both the Seattle Times and the UW Daily printed major stories on the scandal at the UW/WNPRC (see media coverage section of our website: www.saenonline.org).
On October 18th John A. Coulter, University of Washington Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration, responded to our complaint in a letter. Mr. Coulter has promised an internal UW investigation and has pledged to inform us of the results.
SAEN will keep on top of this investigation, and we will be consulting with our own veterinary experts to obtain a truly independent evaluation of the situation at the UW.
Animal abuse is not limited to the State of Washington. Marc Branch, a researcher at the University of Florida, Gainesville (UF), has conducted addiction experimentation on primates for over a decade. SAEN has investigated Branch and the UF repeatedly and exposed the details through media campaigns.
The local organization, Animal Activists of Alachua (AAA), took on the UF during Vivisection Awareness Week at the University of Florida Sept. 23 - 27th. SAEN supported this event by providing background information that exposed the details of Branch’s research. We also provided fact sheets about primate experimentation and visuals to be used for picket signs. We will continue working with AAA to keep the pressure on the UF.
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