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Cheri Stevens Statement: California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC)

Buzz MMU 25616, BAR01

Buzz was to have a head post implanted by investigator Carol Barnes and Carrie, a local veterinarian. According to protocol, both were to remain in the room during the procedure. The Veterinarian left the room while Barnes proceeded and inserted the restraints used to position the head for surgery into the ears. Barnes wounded the animal's eardrum, possibly unbeknownst to her, for nothing was done to care for the injuries received. Buzz was reported several times by Animal Techs during morning health rounds for having oozing ears. This was also reported by Animal Techs during Buzzís transport to his testing site on grounds. Later he was reported as being lethargic. When he finally was taken in by therapeutics it was found that what had started out as an outer ear infection created by the wound inflicted by Barnes had at that point escalated into a brain abscess.

Buzz was in much pain during his last days. I expressed concern and asked why he was being kept alive even though he was clearly in pain; I was told that they were waiting to be able to collect data. If they euthanized him to end his suffering, all research data would be lost. It was intended from the beginning for Buzz to be euthanized at the end of the project but it needed to be done in a way that data could be collected from him. By prolonging his death for research the investigator clearly stated that this animalís welfare was secondary to her research.

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