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The Rising Tide of Animal Experimentation:
An Investigative Report Based on the Most Current USDA Statistics

Revealing National Trends in Animal Experimentation and Daily Statistics for Animal Use During 2002

By: Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
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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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