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Protest at UC Davis over Primate Experiments

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January 2009

The University of California, Davis imprisons over 7600 primates including rhesus monkeys and titi monkeys. The animals at this facility suffer terribly in experiments which subject them to infectious diseases, and other highly invasive procedures. These procedures include confining primates to restraint chairs with heads bolted in place and extended periods of water deprivation.

The health and well-being of primates at this facility are clearly very bad based on information from UC Davis primate health care records. Postmortems for 404 primates show 117 diagnoses of colitis, and inanition -- a bodily condition resembling starvation -- was diagnosed 108 times. Dehydration is noted 91 times. Treatment records for these animals disclose 403 instances of traumatic injuries, including 143 amputations. There were 387 wounds, 221 bites, 70 abrasions, and 40 fractures.

The primates at this facility are so severely stressed that they often engage in self destructive behavior. UC Davis Health Care records reveal the shocking truth:

Primate 27432 -- The necropsy states: "The cutaneous lesions were consistent with clinical diagnosis of self trauma." This primate was handled for cage moves, clinical treatments, serum samples, etc. 323 times in 14 years and seven months of life span. Self injury is never mentioned until the necropsy report which lists self trauma. It was never noticed.

Primate 30805 is listed with a finger amputation on Jan 6 2003 and in July 2003. But, then there are no mentions of injuries from July 2003 -- through death in Jan of 2008, a period of 5 years. At death this primates is described as: "The animal is presented in good flesh with severe traumatic injuries (self-inflicted) on all limbs." There is no mention of injuries for the 4 - years from July 2003 -- death in Jan of 2008. Clearly, this is inadequate observation.

Primate 33659 is described at necropsy: "The animal is presented in good flesh with multiple, mostly healed or healing cutaneous lacerations. . . . (self-trauma)." In the entire clinical record there is no mention of lacerations, or treatments for lacerations.

Primate 34975 The necropsy for this animal states: "There are multiple (self-inflicted) cutaneous abrasions/lacerations. (self-trauma)." Injuries are never mentioned in clinical record.

Primate 35297 The necropsy states: "The animal is presented thin with multiple (self-inflicted) cutaneous lacerations." "Skin self-inflicted injury." Other than a mention of "lip inflammation, traumatic agent" in August of 2007 there is no mention of injuries.

Primate 35927 The necropsy states: "The animal is presented thin with multiple cutaneous abrasions/lacerations (self-injurious behavior)." There are no mentions of injuries during the entire lifetime of this animal.

Primate 27257 The necropsy states: "The animal is presented in good flesh with severe musculotaneous trauma to the right arm and the right side of the face." "Body as a whole traumatic abnormality (bite wounds)." The clinical record states on 6/3/98 "chronic intermittent upper extremity self mutilation" However, despite the fact that this animal has an issue with self-inflicted injuries, the records reveal no mentions of treatments or even that injuries were noticed, for a ten year period. IN fact, the injuries are first mentioned at necropsy.

Please go to our Animal Abuser of the week page to contact two UC Davis Researchers, Kenneth Britten and Gregg Recanzone to protest the abusive practices used in their experiments. Britten: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/ca/res-fr-ca-ucd-britten.html 

Recanzone: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/ca/res-fr-ca-ucd-grant-app-recanzone-2004.html

We have also filed a complaint with the USDA regarding these animals. You can see the complaint at: http://all-creatures.org/saen/articles-let-usda-20090115.html

You can also read about the UC Davis primates in article form at: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/articles-ca-ucd-20090115.html 

We have contacted the Chancellor of the University of California, Davis to demand the right to inspect their primate facilities. Our letter is posted at: http://all-creatures.org/saen/articles-let-ca-ucd-20090115.html

Please contact him to add your voice to ours:

Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef
(530) 752-2065
Fax: (530) 752-2400
Mrak Hall, Fifth Floor
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

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