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Research Watchdog Group Requests ‘Independent' Investigation After UW Glove-Eating Primate Death
SEATTLE – Sparked by a high incidence of non-research deaths – and the disclosure that one animal died after eating latex gloves – a national research watchdog organization today asked the President of the University of Washington to commission an independent investigation of the UW National Primate Research Center.
"These animals are dying under mysterious circumstances," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of SAEN, which requested in the investigation Wednesday in a letter to UW President Dick McCormick.
In the letter, SAEN threatened to involved federal and other governments investigatory agencies if the UW does not agree to the independent investigation.
UW documents reveal that least one primate has died after eating a pair of latex gloves. The post-mortem report listed more than 15 pieces of latex gloves contained within the intestinal tract of primate "K93464."
According to a recent report released by the Cincinnati-based SAEN, the primate center at UW has a non-experimental death rate of nearly 11 percent in the breeding colony, second highest of all the primate centers in the U.S. UW receives over $82 million a year for primate experimentation.
"Anesthetic overdose, malnutrition, dehydration, and other suspicious causes of death are sprinkled throughout post-mortem records obtained from the University of Washington," Budkie said Wednesday.
"These documents raise serious questions regarding animal care, or the lack thereof, at the Washington National Primate Research Center," said Budkie. "Animals at this facility appear to be literally starving to death, dying of dehydration, and other severe chronic illnesses."
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