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UW scientist hacks off head of primate subject, hides it from veterinarians; Watchdog group says it will file USDA complaint against UW 

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865

ATTN: Daybook/Assignment Desk

SEATTLE (Oct. 12, 2006) -- A national research watchdog organization said it is asking for an "immediate investigation" of several University of Washington researchers -- including one who apparently cut off the head of one primate and has hid it from campus veterinarians trying to determine the cause of death.

SAEN, a Cincinnati-based non-profit group, will provide details at a news conference THURSDAY, at 10 am at a UW facility (3010 Wester Ave.)

There will also be a protest opposing bizarre and cruel UW animal tests Thursday at 4 p.m.

At the UW, in addition to the researcher who has refused to let vets examine the head -- which the researcher removed from the primate's body(?) at least one other researcher is under investigation because an animal died "clearly because of negligence," according to SAEN investigator Michael Budkie, who will attend the Thursday news conference.

SAEN will also announce the filing of a USDA complaint calling for an investigation of three UW researchers.

Earlier this week, SAEN -- on a fact-finding national tour of primate labs -- exposed a campus cover-up at the University of California, Davis primate research facility involving the "cooking" to death seven primates, and animal mistreatment at the UCLA primate laboratories.

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