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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday / May 16, 2002
Contact: Michael Budkie (513) 575-5517

More Charges Against UW Research Labs; Animal Deaths ‘Suspicious' Says Research Watchdog Group

SEATTLE – The deaths of primates at the University of Washington – including one where a macaque monkey died after ingesting latex gloves – are very "suspicious," said a national research watchdog organization Thursday.

Internal University of Washington documents revealing multiple instances of suspicious primate deaths have called UW veterinary practices into question, and cast serious doubts on the adequacy of animal care within UW facilities, according to the Cincinnati-based research organization SAEN.

"Primates at the University of Washington have died under very suspicious situations. I cannot help but be skeptical of the adequacy of animal care at the UW," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of SAEN. "I think the staff at the UW have some explaining to do," he added.

Citing primate necropsy reports with multiple incidents of anesthetic deaths during blood draws, instances of severe emaciation and dehydration, and an almost unbelievable case where a macaque monkey died as a result of ingesting a set of latex gloves, Budkie said: "There is something rotten in Seattle."

"The UW has a history of inadequate animal care," said Budkie. According to USDA/APHIS documents, the UW Seattle was fined $20,000 for violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) as recently as 1996.

The latest investigation by SAEN follows two separate audit reports that named the UW as a major player in the violation of federal regulations and the squandering of federal grant money. A report issued in 2000 named the UW as violating the AWA, and the UW was named as one of 49 nationally known labs in the largest USDA complaint ever filed.

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