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Activists request a meeting with UC Chancellor

Animal rights activists have requested a meeting with the Chancellor of the University of California, Larry N. Vanderhoef, in hopes of negotiating substantial changes for the UC Davis laboratories. Spokesman Michael Budkie of Stop Animal experimentation Now (S.A.E.N.) says "The health and well-being of the approximately 4500 primates who are confined at the University of California, Davis are a serious concern." A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Davis, CA; Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2006 -- Animal rights activists have requested a meeting with the Chancellor of the University of California, Larry N. Vanderhoef, in hopes of negotiating substantial changes for the UC Davis laboratories. Spokesman Michael Budkie of Stop Animal experimentation Now (S.A.E.N.) says "The health and well-being of the approximately 4500 primates who are confined at the University of California, Davis are a serious concern." In September, a coalition of animal rights groups, led by S.A.E.N. and the Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), scheduled a press conference which criticized UCLA research protocols.

S.A.E.N. recently completed an assessment of the overall condition of animals at UC Davis by examining the post mortem records for primates who died at the facility from August 2003 through February 2006. This examination involved records for a total of 590 primates, both infants and adults. Among the concerns cited by S.A.E.N. are dehydration, gastrointestinal problems brought on by stress, infant abuse, self-mutilation, and malnourishment. Budkie says that animals kept in stressful research conditions do not provide meaningful research data and are "a waste of federal funding for these facilities."

Budkie blames lack of proper caging as one factor which contributes to stress in the laboratory animals.

"Their space is severely limited, such that a 33 – 55 pound primate lives in a space of 8 square feet. This is like a 165 pound human spending their entire life in a space that is 3 feet by 8 feet. These cages are made of stainless steel, containing at most a perch and a stuffed toy," Budkie said.

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