Victory in Wisconsin!
Victory in Wisconsin!– The UW Decides to Tell the Truth
National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) was a very effective event.Possibly the most important part of our work during NPLW was the filing of an official USDA complaints against both the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) and Harvard. We believe that 605 primates were used in potentially painful/stressful experimentation at Harvard and 109 were used in similarly painful/stressful projects at the UW. These primates were subjected to isolation, severe confinement, addictive drugs, etc. We have also requested investigations into the deaths of 29 primates at the UW, because these monkeys experienced severe chronic diseases which likely caused significant suffering. Our complaint has had more of an impact than we had expected.
On November 12, 2003 the University of Wisconsin made an astounding announcement in a story (from the Daily Cardinal) titled: "UW-Madison alters policies on primate cruelty in research." This story revealed that the UW would be substantially altering their policy on painful experimentation in primates. We believe this to be the first time that a major university has changed their policy on painful experimentation as a result of pressure from an animal protection organization. We consider this a tremendous victory for the primates at the UW.This is only one change at one university, and we have not yet ascertained the exact consequences of this announcement. At the very least we believe that the University of Wisconsin may be more honest in their reporting. We hope that this will signal the beginning of a ripple effect that will travel throughout the vivisection industry. We hope to encourage other laboratories to make similar changes.
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