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"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
From the Spring 2007 Issue

SAEN Reveals Primate Abuse at the University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) houses the Washington National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) which raked in over $260 million to imprison 1186 primates in 2005. Internal UW post-mortem records for 135 primates that died during a seventeen month period spanning 2005 and 2006 reveal the real consequences of primate experimentation – inadequate veterinary care, psychologically abnormal behavior, and serious side effects from highly invasive procedures.

Rates of conditions derived from post-mortems:

􀂾 30% gastro-intestinal tract disease
􀂾 10.4% hair loss from over grooming
􀂾 29% of the animals who died ranged from thin to severely emaciated which indicates long-term disease
􀂾 30% of these animals suffered from colitis, often severe and ulcerative
􀂾 18% suffered from enteritis
􀂾 17% from gastritis
􀂾 15% died from either meningitis or encephalitis

Most of these conditions are indicators of severe stress in primates. Many primates at this facility have also lost fingers from either fighting or self-abuse, which underscores the high level of stress.

Primate Z99081, who was assigned to brain research, was simply found dead from suppurative encephalitis, with no mention of previous treatment or veterinary care.

Primate 04090, also used in neurological research, had a “head cap” and a spinal implant, as well as wires run under the skin of the arm to connect to muscles. The animal had developed paralysis of the arm and compression of the spinal column, again directly related to the type of experimentation in which this animal suffered.

Primate A03068 had a severely deteriorated leg, which lost 40–50% of the muscle mass. The left hip joint had broken down sufficiently to have developed a flat head. This condition was not reached overnight and also showed no evidence of treatment.

Primate 91386 was found to have a mass of connective tissue, which contained a piece of surgical gauze that had been lost during surgery.

Primate 02049 died of sepsis (massive bacterial infection).
The most shocking case of all is primate A01136. A01136’s cause of death was never determined, because the researcher (Dr. Albert Fuchs) had cut off the monkey’s head and refused to allow the UW veterinary staff to examine it, despite a specific request for this vitally important piece of anatomy.

SAEN exposed these heinous abuses to Seattle news media in a dramatic news conference on October 13th, where we announced the filing of an official complaint with the USDA. We have recently learned that our complaint has resulted in USDA citations for the UW and a reprimand for Dr. Fuchs.


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