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

University of California Labs – Statewide Suffering and Waste

In the second half of 2005, SAEN staff led major protests and news conferences which uncovered abuses inside laboratories across the state of California. SAEN’s cutting-edge investigations revealed shocking findings which garnered crucial media coverage.

Internal records from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) revealed that primates at this facility suffer from serious illnesses ranging from parasitic infestations to major bacterial infections. Very often the bacterial infections are directly connected to highly invasive experiments performed at UCLA. The practice of experimenting on animals that are gravely ill raises serious doubts about the scientific validity of UCLA primate experiments. Major concerns exist regarding the adequacy of the anesthesia used in several of the experiments. One experiment paralyzes primates for up to five consecutive days.

Additionally, the stress of confinement has caused at least one primate to engage in self-injurious behavior. This is not uncommon in laboratories that confine primates to small indoor enclosures. This high level of stress also substantially alters the physiology of the animals, such that they would not accurately represent normal primates, let alone providing information that is generalizable to humans.

Documents from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) clearly show that primates at this facility are suffering from severe mental illnesses. Several of the primates at UCSF have begun to injure themselves, biting and tearing at their own flesh or pulling out their own hair. The stress from confinement and highly invasive experimentation has taken a very serious toll on the primates at UCSF.

The highly invasive experiments performed at UCSF involve the use of restraint chairs, bolting of devices directly to the skulls of primates, water deprivation, and total removal of primates’ eyes.

The plight of primates within University of California, Davis labs was exposed to media using data culled from over 1000 pages of internal university documents. Many of the primates at UC Davis are extremely ill. One monkey lost 42% of his body weight in less than one month, and this is not a unique situation.

The experiments performed at all three of these facilities are part of the most duplicated area of primate research currently funded by the federal government. Over 180 separate grants support neural information processing experiments in macaque monkeys. With the average grant amount from the National Institutes of Health (the funding agency for these experiments) reaching over $400,000 -- the potential for waste is staggering.

When all aspects of this issue are taken into account (the poor health of the animals, the stress to which they are subjected, and the excessively duplicative nature of these experiments), it becomes clear that this is not science. Therefore, the only realistic motivation for the continued performance of these experiments must be monetary.

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