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Contact the USDA to Demand MAX FINES against UC DAVIS:

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
(970) 494-7478
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Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against University of California, Davis for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when they literally ignored a monkey who was taped down to a restraint board for 4 hours. The frightened monkey broke a limb while struggling to free himself. Their behavior must NOT be tolerated & MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Monkey at UCD Primate Center suffers broken leg
By Tanya Perez,, May 21, 2015

The animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a self-appointed monitor of U.S. research facilities, issued a news release on Wednesday complaining that UC Davis’ California National Primate Research Center caused “major injuries” to a macaque monkey and violated federal law.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent by SAEN, the organization said that “UC Davis should be heavily fined and investigated by government regulators.” According to the release, the monkey was taped to a restraint board and suffered a broken limb while trying to free itself.

“The latest inspection report (by the USDA) is a repeat citation for improper animal handling,” wrote Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN. “Therefore, I insist that your office immediately initiate an investigation of the University of California, Davis.”

UCD spokesman Andy Fell responded, “This was an unfortunate incident in which an animal was injured while receiving medical care at the Primate Center’s hospital.

“The animal, which was not part of a research study, sustained a hairline fracture of the leg while being treated for diarrhea with intravenous fluids,” Fell said. “The animal was treated and recovered.”

According to Fell, animal care managers, veterinarians and UCD’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee have reviewed the incident and taken steps to prevent this in the future. After reviewing records, the USDA’s inspector decided to issue a citation.

Budkie has asked that the USDA “take the most severe action allowable under the Animal Welfare Act and begin the process of issuing the maximum allowable fine of $10,000.”

But Fell maintains that the “staff at the California National Primate Research Center strive to ensure the best possible care of all animals in their charge.

“We regret that this happened.”

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