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Spring 2010 Issue

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

New Iberia Research Center – Louisiana’s Concentration Camp

Our government supports many large facilities which have dual purposes. One of these purposes is to experiment on primates -- the other is to produce a continual supply of victims for the dozens of other U.S. labs that also experiment on primates. The National Primate Research Center system consists of eight such facilities who collectively imprison over 28,000 primates. The Alpha-Genesis lab (SC) incarcerates almost 3500, SNBL lab in Everett (WA) holds another 3000, and New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) (LA) imprisons 6000 primates.

Despite the fact that the New Iberia lab locks up many of its prisoners in outdoor enclosures, they are often no better off than others who are held captive inside concrete buildings.

Many of the inmates at NIRC are born into bondage, never knowing the freedom of living in their natural environment. Only concrete slabs, wire mesh, and perches makeup their home. Many don’t survive past their first year of life. One colony within this facility hosts an infant mortality rate of 33% -- meaning one out of every three pregnancies ends in death.

Disease is rampant within this prison camp. The rate of disease/injuries has risen to as much as 26% per year. Enteritis/colitis is the most common disease accounting for as much as 80% of all clinical cases. This debilitating condition involves severe diarrhea, loss of weight, loss of appetite, dehydration, and eventually death. Because a staggering 42% of the primates at NIRC afflicted with this disease die, the post mortem records for these animals are sprinkled with acceptances like: “Chronic colitis is a common syndrome in captive macaques.”

Primate 97P015 is an excellent example of how enteritis/colitis ravages a monkey. This twelve year old is described at death as being “ . . . on treatment for poor condition – very thin, generalized alopecia” and “Very thin animal, no fat stores.” No animal should have been allowed to reach a point of such severe debilitation that no body fat whatsoever existed. On June 14, 2007, this primate had a recorded weight of 9.35 kg (20.6 lbs), but in a year’s time it had decreased to 8.5 kg (18.75 lbs). Then, by January of 2009 his weight had plummeted further to

6.3 kg (13.9 lbs), an overall decrease of over 32%. This is a precipitous drop, similar to a 150 lb human losing 48 lbs.

The veterinary record for Primate #A3V027 states: “Emaciated animal with a severely inflamed colon that was tube-like and thin-walled (almost transparent). The record also reports: “Very thin animal on long term treatment for diarrhea and poor condition, not responding. Animal continued to lose weight.” Statements of this nature raise serious doubts as to whether this animal received adequate treatment and whether euthanasia should have been performed much earlier.

Similarly, primate A6V053 is described as “very thin animal with a tube-like colon with only a few shallow sacculations remaining” and “juvenile animal on treatment for 7 weeks for enteritis and poor condition. Animal was not responding to treatment and continued to lose weight and was subsequently euthanized.” This animal was allowed to suffer for an extended period of time before appropriate euthanasia was administered.

Primate Ax83 suffers a similar scenario. “Adult female on clinical treatment for enteritis and poor condition for six weeks with no improvement. She continued to lose weight and was euthanized” and “Very thin animal with a thin-walled, distended, tube-like colon with no sacculations.” The significant erosion of the colon indicates long-term disease. This animal was allowed to decline past a point where euthanasia should have been administered to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering.

Primate (A5E037) is listed as “Thin, laying down in crib” on July 25, 2008. In other words, the staff of this facility didn’t realize that this animal was ill until he/she collapsed in an enclosure. Two other primates (A7E043, A7E046) are similarly listed as just “down” again indicating that they were diagnosed at the point of collapse.

This is the reality of life and death for primates inside the U.S. facilities that breed them for use in experiments. These mass producers of misery treat animals whose psychological nature is very similar to ours as if they were nothing more than assembly line commodities to be churned out for profit.

SAEN is continuing our investigation of this facility and others that breed primates for use in experiments. Our work in this area will only end when these concentration camps are closed forever!.

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