UCLA, UC Regents Sued for Breaking CA Law, Withholding Animal Testing Records; National Research Watchdog Charges UCLA Has 'History' of Violating Federal Law

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Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517 513-703-9865 (cell)
 
UCLA, UC Regents Sued for Breaking CA Law, Withholding Animal Testing Records; National Research Watchdog Charges UCLA Has 'History' of Violating Federal Law
 
LOS ANGELES – The University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) is violating California state law by failing to produce public records regarding primate testing – including drug tests which have resulted in the deaths of non-human primates, according to a lawsuit filed late Wednesday by animal protection groups.
 
The lawsuit was filed against UCLA and the UC Regents on behalf of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), a national animal research watchdog non-profit, in Superior Court of Los Angeles County by Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). 
 
Although SAEN has requested public records from UCLA going back to January 1, 2012, UCLA has summarily denied SAEN’s request. According to today’s lawsuit, that refusal to disclose information violates the California Public Records Act (CPRA).
 
According to SAEN, primates held in UCLA testing facilities have been forcefully injected with drugs. The test subjects often died before the experiments were completed, or were killed afterwards. 
 
UCLA conducts substantial animal-based research, including research on nonhuman primates, in the areas of medicine, neuroscience, and addiction. Approximately a quarter of the grant money UCLA receives, amounting to a minimum of $200 million annually, is used for studies involving animals.
 
"UCLA is a public institution using public money, therefore the people of California have a right to know what happens inside its labs," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "This is especially important because UCLA has a history of violating the Animal Welfare Act as well as attempting to prevent federal regulators from inspecting their facilities."
 
 “Californians count on our public universities to disclose records without resorting to a culture of secrecy, possibly hiding illegal animal cruelty,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “It is crucial for the safety of primates, our closest living relatives, and for Californians, that UCLA maintain a reasonable transparency about its research facilities.”
 
Copies of the lawsuit and petition are available by request.  
 
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