NEWS CONFERENCE ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - A national watchdog organization will
charge Thursday that the University of California, San Francisco's
animal care facilities rank No. 1 in a listing of the worst federal law
violators, according to a survey of U.S. research institutions.
A news conference will be held THURSDAY, at 10 a.m.,
at the UCSF Ambulatory Care Center (400 Parnassus, at statue) to release
details of an investigative report - including graphic photos of photos
depicting law violations.
Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of
Cincinnati-based SAEN, a national, non-profit research watchdog
organization, will conduct the news briefing and be available to answer
questions about the report and the "insider" photographs.
Budkie will also announce a major investigation - and
the filing of official complaints with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture -
against UC research laboratories, including those at UCLA and University
of California, Davis.
In the white paper to be released Thursday, "Breaking
the Law: Animal Care in U.S. Laboratories," a statistical analysis shows
U.S. laboratories regularly break federal laws, endangering animals and
research projects without fear of consequences.
SAEN claims an audit of 25 nationally-known labs
exposed a pattern of violating the law. UCSF ranked at the top of the 12
worst laboratories, known as the "Dirty Dozen," with 51 violations. That
included 30 "repeat" violations - meaning UCSF repeatedly ignored
federal laws even when cited previously for them.
Other major federal law violators include Johns
Hopkins, Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Florida,
and University of Pittsburgh. SAEN claims an audit
of 25 nationally-known labs exposed a pattern of violating the law.
Government reports reveal these facilities violated federal regulations
559 times in a 3-year period.