records obtained by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! have unearthed
institutional neglect and abuse at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
(UW) – a facility that incarcerates over 2000 primates.
Post-mortem records disclose the shocking details of life
and death for rhesus monkeys and marmosets at the UW. During 2005,
a four year old rhesus monkey died with a foreign object lodged in her
intestinal tract, while another rhesus monkey died of multiple abdominal
ruptures and a massive bacterial infection.
Other UW primates ended their lives with severe
ulcerations of the skin combined with serious bacterial infections
resulting from the use of spinal implants. Implanted ‘head caps’
led to meningitis and “liquefactive necrosis” in the brains of primates.
Other suspicious deaths included an esophageal rupture caused by trauma
during the placement of an endotracheal tube for a surgical procedure.
In an official complaint to the USDA, SAEN’s Executive
Director, Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., said: "It is clear that the
documentation for the animals listed above indicate a widespread pattern
of negligence, inadequate veterinary care, and deceitful reporting of
experimental procedures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
The news of the UW’s negligence and abuse
was reported in an Associated Press story that sped across
the state of Wisconsin, bringing the truth to millions of people --
opening the doors of these heinous labs for everyone to see inside. As a
result of SAEN’s intervention, the USDA will be investigating the
laboratories of the University of Wisconsin in the very near future.