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Harvard, Yale Lost Animals, Filed ‘Misleading' Lab Reports with Federal Agencies, Claims Watchdog OrganizationBoston, MA -- A national research watchdog organization, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), has filed an official complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) alleging that officials at the Harvard Medical School and Yale University have filed misleading reports with USDA/APHIS.
"These labs are either incompetent or downright dishonest," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of SAEN. "At some time during 1998 officials at the Harvard Medical School/New England Regional Primate Research Center seem to have lost track of over 1200 primates." According to documents filed with USDA/APHIS Harvard utilized 336 primates in 1998. However, documents obtained by SAEN from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicated that Harvard/NERPRC officials reported use of 1561 primates to the NIH. "Harvard/NERPRC officials seem to be paying fast and loose with the truth," added Budkie.
"The Yale report for 1998 is almost incomprehensible," said Budkie. One part of the Yale report discusses experimenting on 32 primates during 1998 and keeping another 71 on hand. However, the same report discusses depriving 22 primates of water, and depriving another 65 of food. "Either 22 primates were deprived of food and water (meaning Yale experimented on 65 primates), or Yale officials experimented on 87 primates. Either way these numbers exceed 32." USDA/APHIS inspection reports for 7/14 & 15/98 list a primate inventory of 198 at Yale.
"These two cases graphically illustrate deficiencies within the APHIS reporting system," said Budkie. "Animal experimentation information made available by the USDA/APHIS to both Congress and the American Public is seriously flawed."
These discrepancies have been revealed to the USDA/APHIS via an official complaint letter faxed to the USDA Eastern Regional Office yesterday. The complaint and accompanying documentation are available via fax.
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