The United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act
(AWA), the only law which gives any protection to the millions of
animals who are subjected to experimentation in the U.S. every year.
While this law was designed to protect animals, it often shields
laboratories from public scrutiny by providing them with the appearance
façade was dismantled by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! with startling
revelations of massive USDA under-reporting of animals confined in labs
and creative minimization of criminal activity by research facilities.
For many years the USDA has released statistics which
include the number of animals experimented on in U.S. labs, the number
of animals which experience pain in experimentation, and the frequency
of AWA violations.
analysis of agency reports revealed tens of thousands of animals who
seemed to have disappeared from the USDA tallies and uncompiled
information about trends in violations of federal laws by laboratories.
United Press International
(UPI) ran an in-depth article (posted on our website) on SAEN’s findings
which reached millions of people through such publications as
Newsday and Science Daily.
USDA spokespersons were left
backpedaling, stating in the UPI article that: “the problems cited in
one of the reports are not violations but something the agency calls
noncompliance issues.” Ironically, their report is called "Violation
Summary" and included a "Violation Count" column.
UPI also stated: “ . . . the USDA
report lists approximately 57,000 primates in U.S. labs but the real
total is closer to 110,000-120,000.”