UW Negligence Spree sees 5 primate escapes, 6 injuries, 1 dead in 9 months; Watchdog Complaint Calls for Stiff Federal Fine

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Thank you!

Please contact the Director of the USDA’s Eastern Regional Office to insist that she take immediate action against the University of Wisconsin for negligence that killed one monkey, injured others, and allowed multiple escapes. The USDA MUST issue a fine!

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

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URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Monday, September 29, 2014
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)

UW Negligence Spree sees 5 primate escapes, 6 injuries & 1 dead in 9 months; Watchdog Complaint Calls for Stiff Federal Fine 

MADISON, WI – Recently obtained federal reports reveal multiple incidents of University of Wisconsin negligence during nine months from December of 2013 - August of 2014 which led to multiple primate escapes, injuries, a death, inadequate veterinary care, etc.

University of Wisconsin correspondence reports five primate escapes, six cases of traumatic or thermal injuries, one death, accidental food deprivation, and multiple incidents of animals denied treatment.  The correspondence covers a period from December of 2013 - August of 2014, in which the UW recounts violations of federal policy.

National Research Watchdog Group SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) contends that these non-compliances also constitute violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA, requesting a maximum penalty of $10,000 per violation.  The SAEN complaint lists over two dozen potential violations, which could lead to a six-figure fine.

In 2014 SAEN complaints based on similar documentation have resulted in USDA citations against a dozen labs, and Official USDA Warnings against 6 labs.

"The last several years have seen multiple incidents of injuries, deaths, etc. reported by the UW," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "If this lab is incapable of insuring that the monkeys are alive, uninjured, or in their cages, then why should we believe they can do anything that even roughly resembles science?"

All federal reports are available upon request.

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