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BACKGROUND:

The animal research department at the University of California, Davis, is under fire after seven monkeys were killed over the weekend. The university said the deaths were caused by a problem with a heating and air conditioning system. (Full news article appears after contact information.)

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please ask the US Dept. of Agriculture to fully investigate this tragedy. Encourage UCDavis to proceed with a medical research expansion, minus the animal component.

Points To Make:

*Enormous physiological variations exist among human and nonhuman animals. In many cases, animal studies do not just hurt nonhuman animals and waste money; they harm and kill humans, too.

*The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that sophisticated non-animal research methods are more accurate, less expensive, and less time-consuming than traditional animal-based research methods. Patients waiting for helpful drugs and treatments
could be spared years of suffering if companies and government agencies would implement the efficient alternatives to animal studies. Fewer accidental deaths caused by drugs and treatments would occur if the more accurate alternatives were used.

*Great strides have been made to replace animal experiments with non-animal techniques. Many research/development facilities and at least 70% of medical schools now fulfill study criterion with non-animal tools, including in vitro analysis, cell imaging, epidemiology,
computer simulators, videos and mathematical modeling, genetic and protein analysis, clinical research, human brain mapping technologies, autopsy/biopsy studies, and advanced MRI imaging.

*Many noted physicians have spoken against vivisection. Dr. Albert Sabin, who developed the oral polio vaccine, testified at a congressional hearing: "[p]aralytic polio could be dealt with only by preventing the irreversible destruction of the large number of motor nerve cells, and the work on prevention was delayed by an erroneous conception of the nature of the human disease based on misleading experimental models of the disease in monkeys" (Stoller, Kenneth, M.D., "Animal Testing: Why a Doctor Opposes It," The Orlando Sentinel, June 25, 1990.). Dr. Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, stated, "I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil" (Quoted by William H. Hendrix, New York Daily News, Mar. 13, 1961).

*Vivisection is immoral. Non-human animals are not research tools. They are individuals capable of experiencing not only crude emotions like fear, but far more subtle and complex emotions such as love, grief, pride, shame, joy, and loneliness.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Online Contact Form: http://www.usda.gov/ContactUs

Secretary Ann M. Veneman
Email: agsec@usda.gov

US Department of Agriculture - Animal Care
Email: ace@aphis.usda.gov

The University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-1011

UCDavis - Office of Research
402 Mrak
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-6374
Fax: (530) 754-7391
Email: webmaster@research.ucdavis.edu

UC Davis Foundation:
Listing of email addresses can be found on this page:
http://www.development.ucdavis.edu/found/contacts.html


NEWS ARTICLE:

Feds Probing Deaths Of 7 Monkeys At University
Monkeys Killed After Heating Malfunction
POSTED: 7:48 PM EDT August 23, 2004
UPDATED: 12:06 PM EDT August 24, 2004
Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
Reprinted for educational purposes only

DAVIS, Calif. -- The animal research department at the University of
California, Davis, is under fire after seven monkeys were killed over
the weekend.

The university said the deaths were caused by a problem with a
heating and air conditioning system. They said the system got stuck
on heat, and that before anybody realized something was wrong, most
of the monkeys were already dead.

UC Davis officials said the monkeys' deaths have saddened the entire
research staff. The director of the UC Davis Primate Center, Dallas
Hyde, said the monkeys were left unattended overnight inside a
temporary housing facility on campus.

Officials said the temperatures inside the room reached 115 degrees.
The monkeys' water ran out, and seven of the eight that were in the
room died of dehydration.

"I'm heartbroken over this, that we lost these animals. But it's not
just their death; it's the way they suffered while they died," Hyde
said.

The incident came a year-and-a-half after another UC Davis monkey was
killed when it was apparently swept down a drainage system.

Earlier this month, animal rights activists protested in Davis and
filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The big picture is that when we keep wild and dangerous animals in
captivity, anything can happen. And we really need to look at the
animal welfare concerns as well," said Animal Protection Institute
spokeswoman Nicole Paquette.

For the past few years, the university has been trying to build new
monkey housing, but the construction has not kept pace with a monkey
population that has now grown to 4,700.

The rest of the monkeys that were in the temporary housing facility
were moved to another location where researchers can keep a better
eye on them.

"Even though it makes it a little more cramped for space here, we
have to be sure this never happens again," Hyde said.

UC Davis uses monkeys to study diseases like asthma, autism and aids.
But the particular monkeys that were killed were not used directly
for research. They were used for breeding.

The university said its last three spot checks by federal inspectors
came back "perfect." The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it's
looking into this latest incident and will decide if an investigation
is necessary.