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An Investigative Report Based on the Most Current USDA Statistics
The Rising Tide of Animal Experimentation:
Revealing National Trends in Animal Experimentation and Daily Statistics for Animal Use During 2002
By: Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
Animal Welfare Act Violations
For the first time USDA/APHIS has made information available regarding national statistics regarding violations of the Animal Welfare Act by research facilities.
1106 total violations were discussed from research facilities. These violations affected a total of 16,340 animals. Most salient among these violations were the 286 separate violations for inadequate veterinary care. This indicates that about 1 out of every 4 laboratories was cited for inadequate veterinary care. The table below lists these violations.
Summary of Animal Welfare Act Violations in Laboratories for 2002
Violation Category Number of Violations Number of Animals Effected Registration 21 22 Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee 635 3,075 Personnel Qualifications 63 301 Attending Veterinarian and Adequate Veterinary Care 286 12,222 Record Keeping Requirements 33 660 Annual Report 13 60 Miscellaneous 55 2,507 Totals 1,106 16,340
The USDA information contained tens of thousands of other violations in areas such as primary enclosures, indoor and outdoor facilities, etc. However, it was not possible to separate the violations in these areas for research facilities from those for dealers, exhibitors, etc. It is also significant to note that there were 227 separate instances of violations for the requirements for providing environmental enhancement for primates. Many of these violations took place in research facilities.
Due to the nature of the USDA data, it is not possible to give totals for all violations that took place within U.S. laboratories. However, it is safe to conclude that the violations total listed above would be substantially increased if this were possible. It is also safe to conclude that all is NOT well within U.S. laboratories.
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