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

Research News From Around the Nation

SAEN has been in the forefront of exposing horrible situations in labs and fighting for change. The paltry nature of the fines discussed in this article underscore the importance of our work. Negative publicity is more effective than tiny USDA fines.

University of California, Davis – In December of 2005 the University of California, Davis was fined $4,815 for the tragic death of seven cynomolgus monkeys in August of 2004. The monkeys perished when a heating system malfunctioned (left unchecked by Davis staff) raising the temperature of their housing to fatal levels.

“In light of the $63,150,026 which Davis received from the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2004, a fine of $4815 wouldn’t even qualify as a slap on the wrist,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director, “this fine is less than insignificant.” This penalty is equivalent to fining a person $2.40 for a traffic ticket whose annual salary is $30,000 – where’s the deterrent?

The horrible deaths of these innocent animals were truly a tragedy caused by nothing short of criminal negligence. However, we must not forget that 731 other primates died at this laboratory during the same year. The lives of these other animals were no less significant.

Contact the Chancellor of UC Davis to protest the cruelty that kills hundreds of primates every year:

Larry Vanderhoef, Chancellor
Mrak Hall , Fifth Floor
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-4964 Fax: (530) 752-2400
lnvanderhoef@ucdavis.edu 

Johns Hopkins University – In August of 2005 the United States Department of Agriculture levied a $25,000 file against Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for violating the Animal Welfare Act during a period of 3 years. Since JHU brings in roughly $254 million per year from animal experiments, this fine is worse than paltry. It is like fining someone who makes $30,000 per year $3 for a traffic citation – again, who would care?

Violations at JHU included inadequate veterinary care, filing of fraudulent reports, inadequate cage size, and many other violations. Animals at JHU were subjected to drug withdrawal, congestive heart failure, and social isolation.

“In April of 2004 we labeled Johns Hopkins as one of the worst labs in the nation for violating the Animal Welfare Act 31 times in a 3-year period,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “Apparently the USDA agrees with us.”

USDA documents reveal the suffering and death of primates, dogs, rabbits, and other species within JHU labs. Currently, active experiments at JHU subject baboons to the throes of drug addiction and macaque monkeys to cruel confinement in restraint chairs.

Contact JHU’s President to protest abuse within the university’s facilities:

William R. Brody, President
Office of the President, 242 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8068 Fax: (410) 516-6097
wrbrody@jhu.edu 

University of Nevada, Reno –In June of 2005, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was fined $11,400 by the USDA for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act. These violations included:

· 7 incidents of depriving animals of water

· 3 incidents where animals were deprived of food or fed in an unsanitary way

· 3 instances of inadequate veterinary care

· 6 instances where the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee failed to enforce the Animal Welfare Act within UNR

SAEN has justifiably labeled this facility as the worst lab in the nation, with 46 AWA violations in a ten-month period. “UNR has broken federal law 46 times in less than 1 year, and these serious violations jeopardize the lives of dozens of animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, SAEN’s Executive Director.

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