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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 2, No. 1 - Spring/Summer 2003

The Deaths of Primates 9K2 and 8D4 at Northwestern University

Northwestern University in Chicago is a large well-known facility that receives millions of dollars from the National Institutes of Health for experimental projects, including at least seven protocols that use primates. Several of these experiments involve brain-mapping techniques which confine primates to restraint chairs, place electrodes into their brains, and deprive them of water.

USDA inspection reports for Northwestern University dated 6/11/02 expose violations within many areas, including Veterinary Care, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Personnel Qualifications. These documents reveal the horrific circumstances surrounding the deaths of several primates. Primate 8D4 died within ˝ hour of the completion of a marathon 9-hour surgical procedure. Other investigators at Northwestern had completed similar procedures in half the time. Another primate, 9K2, is reported to have died as a result of water deprivation. Apparently this primate was involved in a procedure wherein the animal’s water intake was severely limited. At the same time the automatic watering system for a set of four monkeys, one of which was primate 9K2, was malfunctioning. This caused 9K2 to be water deprived even at times when water was supposed to be available, leading to death. The other three primates in this quad are also said to have been "very thirsty" when they finally received water.

It is quite apparent that negligence, combined with inadequately trained staff and inadequate veterinary care lead directly to the deaths of two primates and the suffering of others.

However, still more problems exist at Northwestern. Not only is this facility causing terrible suffering to primates, Northwestern is also lying to the USDA. The same experiments listed above, which obviously cause substantial pain to the primates, are not being reported to the USDA in such a way as to disclose the real nature of what the primates are experiencing.

On May 19th, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! filed an official complaint with the USDA asking them to investigate the nature of the primate experimentation at Northwestern and the honesty of the university’s reporting. Our complaint became the basis of an in-depth story by the Daily Northwestern (available on our website at: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/media-dn-27may03.html). At the time of publication, we had no idea how important this article would be.

Since the publication of this article, SAEN staff has spoken personally with several insiders from Northwestern. I have been truly touched by the concern that they have expressed for the unfortunate animals who are imprisoned at Northwestern. Their statements have been united in one theme. They have expressed outrage that government agencies and Northwestern officials have done little to change the suffering of the primates within their laboratories. One person said: "Nothing is changing. Every day nothing is done means another animal dies."

These insiders have expressed their gratitude to SAEN for our ongoing efforts targeting Northwestern. We will not rest until the abuses within this laboratory have ended. Many individuals have taken great risks in a courageous effort to help the animals at Northwestern. We will not let that bravery go unsung. And we will not allow the animals to suffer without release.

Pleases write to the President of Northwestern University to express your outrage at the neglect and abuse of primates inside the laboratories of Northwestern:

Henry S. Bienen
Office of the President 
Northwestern University
633 Clark St. 
Evanston, IL 60208

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