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Watchdog files federal complaint against UC Davis, recommends halt in research after discovery of undiagnosed, self-inflicted animal injuries

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

ATTN: News Desk

Watchdog files federal complaint against UC Davis, recommends halt in research after discovery of undiagnosed, self-inflicted animal injuries

Davis, CA - A National Research Watchdog Organization based in Ohio has accused the University of California, Davis of negligence and has demanded a federal investigation into the deaths of seven primates following undiagnosed, self-inflicted traumatic injuries.

Internal UC Davis records - obtained by SAEN, a national research watchdog group that monitors labs like those at UCD - reveal that many primates on the campus are suffering from serious illnesses and injuries, including broken bones, starvation, dehydration and amputations.

"It is clear that the staff (of UC Davis) systematically ignores injuries in primates allowing them to be diagnosed only at death. I request you initiate action to levy the most substantial fine allowable (and) suspend projects which involve repeat violations," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN in a letter (available upon request) to Dr. Robert Gibbens, Director of the Western Region of the USDA/APHIS in Ft. Collins, Co.

"I find the attitude of callousness and negligence at (UC Davis) to be nothing less than shocking," added Budkie in his letter.

Budkie said he filed the complaint because "UC Davis is ignoring these primates and allowing them to literally self-destruct. University documents reveal many of these animals have inflicted traumatic injuries on themselves that were never noticed."

Postmortems for 404 primates show 117 diagnosis of colitis, and inanition a bodily condition resembling starvation was diagnosed 108 times. Dehydration is noted 91 times. Treatment records for these animals disclose 403 instances of traumatic injuries, including 143 amputations .There were 387 wounds, 221 bites, 70 abrasions, and 40 fractures.

"These animals endure a lifetime of suffering which often leads to madness. Their only escape is in death. In many instances the postmortems reveal conditions which were not only untreated, but negligently unnoticed when they were alive in the labs," added Budkie.

SAEN cited specific animals known only as Primate 27432 and Primate 34975 in the records as enduring serious self-inflicted injuries without apparent care until they died.

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See: Charles River Laboratories, Sparks, NV for more information
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