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UC Davis 'lied' to federal regulators about painful animal experiments, according to official complaint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Contact: SAEN 513.575-5517

DAVIS - At a news conference here today, a national research watchdog organization released a copy of an official complaint against the University of California at Davis for conducting painful and stressful experimentation on hundreds of primates apparently without anesthesia - and lying to federal regulators about it.

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of Cincinnati-based SAEN, provided copies of a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and SAEN's investigative report on the treatment of animals at the UC Davis Primate Research Center.

"Officials at UC Davis have deliberately misled the public and filed false and misleading reports. They lied to the USDA. They broke a federal law," said Budkie.

"Primates have suffered severely at the hands of UC Davis researchers, but the university won't even admit that they felt any pain," said Budkie, noting that the primates have died from a wide range of painful diseases, including pneumonia, encephalitis and meningitis.

The university, if found guilty by the USDA, could be fined several thousand dollars per violation, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in total, Budkie said.

Budkie can be reached through Thursday at 916.996-9170. The complaint/ report are available at

http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/articles-rep-insideucd.html .

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