Animal Welfare Act Violations at Ivy League Universities
An Animal Rights Article from


Physicians Committee
September 2011

The Ivy League universities are often lauded as among the best schools in the country,1 receiving thousands of applications from hopeful students2 and billions of dollars of public money in research grants from the National Institutes of Health each year. But do they make the grade when it comes to animal welfare? Researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) developed specific measures—a Research Misconduct Score and a Research Misconduct Index—to evaluate the Ivy League universities on their adherence to the minimal standards of the Animal Welfare Act and their stewardship of taxpayer funding through the National Institutes of Health.


PCRM researchers found that all eight Ivy League universities had disturbingly high numbers of Animal Welfare Act violations, many of which were repeat or severe. Based on a PCRM scoring system that weighs the number and severity of violations, the Ivy League schools were ranked from worst to eighth worst.


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