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Primate Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center: What We Weren’t Told by the UW
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN

Recommendations:

1. Eliminate all experimentation which causes severe stress to the primates. This would include the confinement of primates to restraint chairs for long periods. Other projects which induce stress in young animals – such as the research of Gary Kraemer – should be eliminated. This could improve the survival rate for young primates at WNPRC.

2. The use of devices such as “head caps” should be eliminated – these devices promote diseases like encephalitis & meningitis.

3. Primates should not be allowed to reach such an advanced state of disease as to be classified “cachetic” or emaciated. This indicates that veterinary care given to these animals was drastically insufficient.

4. Individual housing of primates should be ended immediately. Social isolation can lead to self-mutilation. All experiments which require social isolation should be immediately terminated.

5. The elevated stress levels which are apparent in the primates at WNPRC must draw into question the psychological status of the primates in all other laboratories. This issue must be examined in a thorough and systematic fashion. SAEN has already obtained records from the Washington National Primate Research Center for evaluation. Similar records will be obtained from other laboratories. The results of this and future investigations will be disseminated to appropriate legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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