Animal Pain in Research Escalating
-- Anesthesia denied to Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Dogs & Monkeys
SAEN’s analysis of national USDA reports over the course of several
years reveals that the number of animals experiencing unrelieved pain
during experimentation is escalating.
The most recent information available from the USDA reveals that
77,766 animals (213 per day) were used in experimentation without
anesthesia, a 6% increase from the previous year. Experiments at
universities in Minnesota and Michigan are typical of projects that
subject animals to unrelieved pain.
According to federal reports, 232 animals -- 24 dogs, 6
rabbits, 3 monkeys, and numerous species of wildlife including
squirrels, weasels, chipmunks, and bats -- experienced unrelieved pain
or distress in experiments conducted at the University of Minnesota
At this Minneapolis lab, dogs were used in experiments which injected
painful substances directly into their knees, rabbits were subjected to
toxic shock, and primates were deprived of water and denied access to
other members of their own species. Wild animals were identified by
chopping off sections of their toes.
Recently-obtained government reports reveal that 99 animals -- 61
monkeys, 14 guinea pigs, and 24 sheep -- were used in painful
experiments without anesthesia at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
At this brutal Michigan lab, the atrocities include: scalding
monkeys’ tails in 131 degree Fahrenheit water to test an analgesic drug
or purposely inducing extreme stress using severe confinement, spinning
guinea pigs mounted on turntables or subjecting them to noise sufficient
to make their ear hair fall out, and either severely confining or
starving sheep to induce stress.
SAEN is demanding internal investigations at both universities.
“Abusive experiments like those revealed in these government reports
should be ended immediately,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s
Executive Director. “Federal funding should be re-directed towards
clinical research which is more relevant to modern human medicine.” .