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The Primate Experimentation Scandal, 2005: An Investigative Report
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN

UC Davis Primate DATA

Upon examination of records (see Appendix E for summaries) from the University of California, Davis, it is clear that the primates who are incarcerated at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) are suffering from many and varied pathological conditions and that the treatment they receive for these conditions is both inadequate and negligent. Many primates are simply found dead in their cages, indicating that the only way to get the attention of CNPRC staff is to die. These primates clearly had severe conditions that went undiagnosed and untreated. Another primate was simply found dead in his cage after surgery. Post-surgical observation should be an assumed part veterinary care, but it apparently doesn’t take place at CNPRC.

The relatively high number of primates that are severely thin and/or dehydrated at death also speaks to the severity of the diseases, which CPRC primates suffer from. Several primates lost high percentages of their overall body weight in relatively short periods of time, another indication of severe disease – as much as 40% in 22 days. This is similar to a 150 pound human losing 60 pounds in 22 days. Other similar situations involved weight loss of 34% and 35% also in relatively short periods. These primates must have looked like humans who have either survived a death camp or who suffer from severe anorexia.

The incidence of trauma (19 in one year -- caused by fighting etc.) and the high rate of gastrointestinal tract disease clearly indicate that the CPRC colonies are highly stressed animals.

The cause of this stress is unclear, but it likely comes from one of several sources. It must either be housing and conditions (particularly relevant to any primates at CPRC who are individually housed) or the highly invasive nature of experimentation at CPRC.

Clearly, animals suffer substantially at the CPRC, however this facility has claimed for several years in reports to the USDA that no primates suffer unrelieved pain or distress. This is clearly dishonest. Similarly, the annual progress report filed by CPRC with the National Center for Research Resources lists a total of 258 deaths, and yet this facility has necropsied over 500 of its own animals.

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