SAEN VICTORY – USDA Penalizes U of Washington Lab
The University of Washington, Seattle (UW) is home of the
Washington Primate Research Center, which imprisons over 2200 primates
including rhesus monkeys and baboons. The University of Washington
squanders over $250 million per year in the performance of animal
In 2006 SAEN filed an
official complaint with the USDA against the laboratory of Albert Fuchs.
This spawned an investigation revealing that Fuchs was performing
unapproved surgeries -- a clear violation of federal law. This
investigation resulted in the laboratory being cited by the USDA and
Fuchs’ research project being suspended. Furthermore, he was reprimanded
by the UW and prohibited from publishing this research. Additionally, in
an unprecedented move, the UW is being forced to refund the grant money
for this illicit experiment to the National Institutes of Health.
Moreover, as the probe of Fuchs’ research
was conducted, investigators discovered that his lab was not the only
one at the UW that was performing unapproved surgeries. Shockingly, this
investigation disclosed forty-one unapproved surgeries being performed
on fourteen monkeys by five different researchers!
One of these researchers is Michael
Shadlen. Not only does his lab perform unapproved surgeries, but many of
the primates in this project are subjected to severe deprivations.
One primate, named Brigit, received only
3 cups of water for the entire week dating 12/14/05 - 12/20/05. During
this period, Brigit’s weight reached a low point of 10 lbs. Yet, earlier
on 5/16/05 she was listed with a weight of 14.5 lbs. This is a weight
drop of 32%.
primate in Shadlen’s lab, was killed on 8/25/05 at a weight of 21.5 lbs.
Earlier, she had been recorded as consuming less than 5 cups of fluids
for a one week period, which resulted in an extremely low weight of 13.5
lbs, for a weight loss of 38%.
Oscar, yet another primate in Shadlen’s lab, is listed with a weight of
28.5 lbs on 12/25/04. Later, during the month of September, 2005, he
reached a low weight of 21.6 lbs, for a loss of 24%. During this nine
month period, Oscar’s water consumption was restricted reaching a low
point where he received only 17 oz of water for roughly a two week
Damien, another of Shadlen’s primates,
has a top weight of 20.75 lbs on 3/6/06. But by 8/22/06 his weight had
declined to only 13.25 lbs, a loss of 36%. In the week preceding
8/22/06, Damien consumed less than 4 cups of water.
Many researchers at the UW torture primates by bolting
cylinders to their heads, confining them to restraint chairs, and
depriving them of food or water. In recently obtained internal UW
documents, SAEN ascertained that UW monkeys are so abused that UW
veterinarians have been forced to treat them for malnourishment. These
internal documents also reveal that UW animal care staff deliberately
lied to the USDA to hide their own negligence surrounding the death of
at least one primate in Fuchs’ lab.