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Watchdog Organization Files Federal Complaint Against UW as Internal Reports Reveal Negligence

VERY URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie (513) 575-5517; (513) 703-9865
Attn: Assignment Desk

MADISON, WI - A national research watchdog organization has filed an Official Complaint against the University of Wisconsin, Madison based on recently obtained internal UW records.

UW reports reveal stunning abuses in which primates are dying with brain infections sufficient to have liquefied the cerebrum. One primate died with a foreign object lodged in the intestinal tract, while another was killed during preparation for surgery when an endotracheal tube tore the monkey’s throat.

“UW documents reveal a stunning pattern of negligence, inadequate veterinary care, unqualified staff and deceit,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “These documents clearly demonstrate that the University of Wisconsin, Madison is continuing a long-term pattern of breaking federal law.”

Other primates at the UW died with severe cases of pneumonia, as well as full-thickness ulcerations of the skin. In many instances these conditions were the result of devices implanted into the spinal chord of the deceased monkeys. Other monkeys died with meningitis which resulted from ‘headcaps’ which had been attached to the skull.

"The practice of experimenting and performing surgical procedures upon chronically ill monkeys is not only extremely cruel to the animals, but also very bad science,” added Budkie. “The UW is wasting tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars by experimenting on sick animals.”

The SAEN complaint asks that the USDA “immediately implement proceedings to prosecute the University of Wisconsin, Madison to the fullest extend that the law allows.”

Federal legislation has recently been introduced which would increase potential penalties for violations such as those at the UW. HR 2193, the Animal Protection Accountability Improvement Act, would quadruple the potential fine for Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations from $2500 to $10,000.

The complaint and UW primate records are available upon request.

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See: Letter of Complaint to the USDA about AWA Violations at the University of Wisconsin - 25 Jun 2007

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