Written by Jeff Mackey
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered the
University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to pay more than $12,000 in fines for its cruel, incompetent—and sometimes fatal—treatment of animals, citing the
institution for 10 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in its
laboratories between 2008 and 2010. Two of the citations in the penalty were the
result of a 2008 complaint
filed by PETA.
After PETA submitted information about archaic and deadly medical training exercises in which rabbits at UCHC had needles repeatedly
stabbed into their chests, the USDA found that the facility didn't properly
seek non-invasive alternatives nor did it adequately document how the animals were used. The other violations
for which UCHC was cited and fined include rabbit deaths caused by improper
anesthesia and poorly trained employees.
UCHC was previously fined $5,500 by the USDA in 2007 for AWA
violations, including injecting unapproved substances into a monkey's brain and
an incident in which a monkey was dragged so roughly by a metal collar that his
eyes bled. That penalty resulted from complaints filed by PETA Associate Director Justin Goodman, who was then a UConn grad
student leading a successful campaign to end experiments on primates at the
school. Not only were the experiments permanently shut down, but following a PETA
complaint, the laboratory was also ordered to return $65,000 in federal funding.
And that's not all: In 2001, UConn's main campus paid
$129,000 in USDA fines for 99 violations of animal welfare laws. You'd hope the
university would have learned its lesson by now, but as long as animals are suffering in school laboratories, PETA will be working to stop the violence.
Rabbits are frequent victims of animal experimenters because they are mild-tempered and easy to handle, confine, and breed—more than 241,000 of them are abused in U.S. laboratories every year.
Last year, the University of Connecticut's Health Center and
main campus received more than $63.5 million from the National Institutes of
Health, of which more than 40 percent will be spent on animal experimentation. Please
ask the federal government to stop funding cruel and antiquated animal experiments and to put your tax dollars
toward modern, humane, and superior research methods.
Written by Alisa Mullins
You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to
know that all mammals need water to survive, yet this basic biology principle is
apparently lost on the clever folks at Harvard. For the second time in three
months, a monkey has died of dehydration at the Ivy League institution: On
Sunday, an elderly cotton-top tamarin was euthanized at Harvard Medical School (HMS)
after it was discovered that the monkey's cage had no water bottle, an
inexcusable oversight that led the university to suspend new experiments at its
New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC).
The monkey's death came on
the same day that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) made public an inspection report that revealed
three other incidents involving the neglectful endangerment
of monkeys at the facility in the past three months, including another monkey's
death. This recent series of deaths has
prompted PETA to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to suspend all
funding to HMS and NEPRC and to demand a refund of any grant money spent on
activity that violated federal animal protection laws, which is required by
federal grant guidelines.
Milo was imprisoned at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), a facility where PETA conducted
a shocking undercover investigation
The USDA has cited HMS and NEPRC for more than
20 violations of the Animal Welfare Act during the past two years, including
the following incidents involving serious injuries and deaths:
What PETA is asking for isn't
unprecedented. Other universities, including the University of Connecticut
and the University of
have had to return thousands of dollars in grant money after PETA and others uncovered
animal welfare violations. After all, it seems only reasonable that our
hard-earned tax dollars shouldn't be paying for activity that violates the law.
the recent deaths of monkeys at Harvard appear to have resulted from
carelessness, HMS and NEPRC confine 2,300 other primates and deliberately
commit unspeakable horrors against them, such as drilling holes into their
skulls and subjecting them to cocaine addiction experiments. Ask the NIH to
stop funding this cruelty at Harvard and elsewhere.
Written by PETA
The following is a guest post from peta2's Ryan
As those of you who have been keeping up with your NCAA "March Madness" brackets will know, this year's college basketball championship series is down to the final four schools, all vying for the top spot. Unfortunately, they're all losers.
I say this because, in a tragic irony, the universities that have the most talented athletes also seem to hire some of the cruelest animal abusers in the nation.
Villanova University vs. University of North Carolina
Villanova experimenters inject methamphetamine into rats' stomachs to determine whether the drug influences the rats' response time in behavioral tests (gee, I wonder). Unfortunately, as you might have seen in our "Who Cares?" video, this kind of pointless and cruel test on rats and mice is still legal—in fact, no experiment on them, no matter how painful, is against the law.
Maria Boccia, a vivisector at UNC–Chapel Hill, removes rat pups—at 2 to 14 days old—from their mothers for extended periods of time in order to induce a deep depression in the mother rats. She then places the mothers in cylinders of water from which they can not escape in order to see how quickly they are overcome with a sense of helplessness and stop swimming.
University of Connecticut vs. Michigan State University
At University of Connecticut, experimenters implant steel rods into rabbits' spines to keep them immobile. They then shock the rabbits with electrodes and measure the animals' brainwaves while they are still awake.
Not to be outdone, the returning "champion" from last year's contest, MSU vivisector Arthur Weber has continued his "work" removing the eyes of cats while the animals are still alive. Weber attempted to justify his cruel and pointless experiments last year; on Weber's behalf, an MSU official stated, "The animals are completely anesthetized, receive painkillers, and once the animals come out of the anesthesia, 10 minutes later you can't tell the difference." Yeah, you're probably right. I'm sure eyes are overrated anyway. What?! And don't forget the part where you keep them alive for a week after the operation and then kill them—I'd be willing to bet my March Madness pool money that they notice that too!
Of course, it's not the basketball players' fault that their schools hired such colossal creeps—animal experimentation is big business. As shown above, though, no amount of money can keep animal abusers from being morally bankrupt.
Written by Ryan Huling
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