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From Summer 2009 Issue

Major SAEN Victory -- USDA cites the University of Wisconsin for AWA Violations -- Second Complaint already filed

An official complaint filed by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! on February 16, 2009, against the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) has claimed a victory for the primates at UW. The USDA investigation conducted in April of 2009 cited UW for inadequate primary enclosures.

The complaint culminated from SAEN’s research which discovered an incident at UW involving extreme negligence and serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) which directly affected several primates named Glen, Shepard, and Aldrin. UW records for 6/29/07 disclose that Glen escaped from his cage and severely injured both Aldrin and Shepard. Shepard sustained a large laceration across the palm of his right hand, while Aldrin’s traumatic hand injury necessitated the amputation of a finger.

Even after this victory, SAEN is keeping the pressure on UW with a second official complaint being filed in March, demanding that severe action be taken against the same Madison lab in the case of Wally, a macaque monkey, who has suffered terribly for over a year.

Wally experienced many of the same traumas as other UW primates including self-inflicted injuries due to the psychological stress of being caged alone.

He is part of an experiment where a portion of his skull is removed to expose his brain so that microelectrodes can be forced directly into it through cylinders which are bolted onto his skull. Records indicate that he was treated with a strong antibiotic, Doxycycline, for a bacterial brain infection which is very common in this type of experiment. We also know from the records that Wally is often immobilized in a primate restraint chair, a box-like device, used to severely restrict his movement.

The most detailed and troubling information in Wally’s record chronicles his ongoing agony for a 3 day period in November of 2006.

On 11/5/06:

9:30 am “According to Care Staff he rejected food . . . To me he seems confused, significant pale color of face, but still active.”

12:30 pm “Care staff reported that Wally is laying down in the cage.”

5:00 pm “Wally is depressed, sitting on cage floor with hunched posture.”

6:40 pm “Wally is alert, mobile, no interest in treats, prefers a ‘head-down rump-up posture’ . . .Headache?”

The next day is no better for Wally.

11/6/06 “Alert Mobile, sitting in head down rump up position. He has received pain medication and antibiotics, but they don’t seem to be helping.”

His suffering continues on . . . . . .

11/7/06 “Still depressed. Sitting on cage floor with head down.”

These entries paint a picture of a primate who is suffering terribly. The bacterial brain abscess which arose in April is still present seven months later. His condition has clearly deteriorated, and he is in excruciating pain. A few weeks later, his condition is so critical that a gravely concerned UW vet recommends euthanasia:

“As you know, Wally has been on continuous antibiotic therapy for some time now due to a brain abscess. . . . (first week of November, 2006), he started to display clinical signs of headache and illness, including depression, slumped/head-down posture and inappetence  . . . Due to the brain abscess and the need for permanent treatment, it may be advisable to make plans to humanely euthanize Wally sometime in the next several months, and replace him on study.”

The last entry that we have for Wally is in early 2008 stating that he is still on antibiotics. More than 14 months after the UW veterinarian recommended euthanasia for Wally, he is still being used in experimentation despite a lingering bacterial infection. Wally’s life has been one of abject suffering, loneliness, and pain.

Please write to the Director of the Eastern Region of the USDA/APHIS/AC to demand immediate action against the UW, Madison:

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Dr, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606

(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov
 

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