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The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 2 - Spring 2006

Negligence and Abuse at the University of Washington, Seattle

The University of Washington, Seattle (UW) is the number one laboratory in the U.S. in terms of government funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) receiving over $440 million per year for animal experimentation. However, it appears that all that money hasn’t made the folks at the UW any better at caring for primates or even counting them effectively.

Internal government reports leaked by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff reveal cruel UW experimental procedures. The eleven page report lists 44 separate instances of abusive procedures within UW facilities. The abuses include surgical implantation of “head holders” into the skulls of primates, insertion of eye coils, placement of “stabilization lugs” into primates’ skulls, etc.

“This is the longest list of unacceptable research practices that I have ever seen,” added Budkie. “We have 2004 documents for hundreds of other labs and no one else comes close.”

The same USDA report filed by the UW lists 2004 total primate population/use at 1160. However, a NIH progress report filed by UW officials for the Washington Primate Center lists an April, 2004 primate inventory of 2151. The 991 primate reporting discrepancy is truly disturbing, both because the UW is clearly lying to at least one government agency, and also because this improper reporting is a violation of federal law. This error also clearly reveals a cavalier attitude towards both the significance of the lives of primates and towards obeying federal law.

SAEN has filed an “Official Complaint” against the University of Washington with the USDA over the non-reporting of 991 primates, requesting an official investigation. “Apparently UW officials think that they can lie to federal agencies with impunity,” said Budkie. “In our complaint we have asked the USDA to take severe enforcement actions against the UW.”

Please contact the President of the University of Washington to protest abusive lab practices:

Mark A. Emmert, President
University of Washington
Office of the President
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195-1230
(206) 543-5010
[email protected] 

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