Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of the University of Washington.
The September 17, 2009 USDA inspection report cites the UW for an incident in which neglect on the part of staff at the University of Washington’s National Primate Research Center resulted in a male pigtailed macaque dying of “malnutrition” after losing 25% of his/her body weight. The USDA officials said the monkey had had not been weighed regularly as required by the university’s own protocols.
The UW was cited by the USDA for violations in the areas of inadequate veterinary care, inadequate housing and enclosures. The same USDA inspection noted a problem with two adult male baboons, being used for neurological studies. Cages were designed so that when the animals were on the perches where they usually sleep, they were unable to “sit upright in a normal manner” because of 2-inch-tall implants in their heads.
If researchers cannot even manage to keep animals properly fed, then they should not be allowed to use animals for their research. One wonders what else occurs hidden from view.