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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
From the Spring
Inside Harvard – killing primates, dogs, and cats
Harvard is among the largest recipients of federal funding for animal
experimentation in the U.S. amassing over 238 separate grants from the
National Institutes of Health. This laboratory is also the home of the
infamous New England National Primate Research Center which imprisons
roughly 1700 primates and squanders over $354 million per year. In fact,
Harvard is so large that it actually maintains two separate research
In a recent SAEN ranking of
laboratories for Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations within
laboratories, both Harvard facilities made the top 20 with 18 violations
for the university and 14 for the medical school. These 32 violations
took place in the first nine months of 2005, which means that Harvard
violated federal law almost once a week. Some of these violations were
not catastrophic, but at least one incident directly took the life of a
primate. Additionally, the pattern of illegal activity at Harvard has
persisted with the medical school racking up another nine AWA violations
during the first USDA inspection of January, 2006.
primate referenced above strangulated on a piece of plastic tubing at
the Harvard Medical School on July 12, 2004, while confined to a
restraint chair. This animal died because the researcher “went to
lunch,” leaving the animal confined and unsupervised.
Other violations of the AWA include: not providing psychological
enrichment to primates that have been identified as needing the
enhancement (primates that are extremely stressed – possibly engaging in
stereotypical behavior), not providing the minimum amount of water to
primates, not monitoring primates’ weight to prevent their dehydration,
and lying to the USDA about the painful nature of experimentation
violations continued into January of 2006 when the negligence and
incompetence of Harvard researchers starved a dog and murdered a cat. In
a period of several months dog #113361 lost over 20% of his/her body
weight, and was “noted to be very thin with loss of muscle mass along
the spine.” Other entries in the records of this animal list the dog as
“thin” or “very thin.” The dog’s weight loss is unexplained, and no
request for veterinary care was filed.
Cat #4298 had undergone a surgical procedure in which the researcher
used an anesthetic “cocktail” for both tranquilization and surgery. Even
though anesthetic recovery was incomplete, the cat was placed back with
This surgical procedure kept the cat
anesthetized for 12 hours, and the animal had not awakened 9 hours
Harvard’s veterinarian recommended euthanasia due
a poor prognosis at noon on 1/20/05. Against the repeated
recommendations of the vet, the researcher did not want the animal to be
humanely euthanized, because he wanted the cat to be available for a
“terminal study.” Harvard was cited for failure to follow anesthetic
procedures and for unqualified personnel.
the staff at Harvard has no regard whatsoever for the value of animals’
welfare or for science. Please contact the President of Harvard
University to protest their ongoing negligence, abuse of animals, and
violations of federal law.
Office of the President
Cambridge, MA 02138
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