Protocols for Animal Use and Care: What Researchers do to Animals (Written in their own words.)

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Protocols for Animal Use and Care
What Researchers do to Animals (Written in their own words.)
Note: The names of the researchers were removed by the UCD
Neurological Research Protocols

Alphabetical Listing of Protocols

The federal government funds the Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis with over $81 million tax dollars every year. At SAEN, we believe that the American public has the right to see what they are getting for this money.

As these protocols reveal, this money funds little more than brutality to the animals involved in the experimentation. Primates are maintained in a state of paralysis for as much as 72 hours. Restraining bars, recording cylinders, and electrodes are attached to the skulls of macaque monkeys. Behavioral training methods confine primates to restraint chairs and deprive them of water. Sensory deprivation occurs just before animals are killed and their brains harvested.

As these protocols are read, the details begin to sound more like methods of torture than science. Many of these abuses take place during neurological studies which purport to examine how the brain processes sensory information. This is likely the most duplicated area of experimentation in the U.S. with over 175 separate projects examining this area (nationally) at a cost of over $70 million per year. In other words, these protocols at UC Davis are nothing out of the ordinary; they are being duplicated at dozens of laboratories across the U.S.

Neurological Research Protocols

Alphabetical Listing of Protocols

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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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