URGENT NEWS CONFERENCE ADVISORY
Monday, October 20, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513 703 9865 (cell)
ATTN: Daybook/Assignment Desk
UCSF may have to refund millions in research grant money
after watchdog blows whistle on mistreatment of animals
SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California, San Francisco may have
to refund millions of dollars in federal research grants because of the
way it has been treating research animals, said a national watchdog
A NEWS CONFERENCE to release details will be held WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21,
at 10 a.m. at the Club Quarters Hotel (424 Clay St. in the East West
Niantic Room). Documentation, including internal and government reports,
of UCSF’s violations will be provided.
UCSF, which has been fined nearly $100,000 in recent years for Animal
Welfare Act violations, should be required to refund millions in grants,
wrote SAEN, a research watchdog based in Ohio, in an appeal to the
National Institutes of Health and federal Inspector General.
“The situation at UCSF is grave and has the potential to waste
millions in federal funding as well as causing needless suffering to
many animals,” wrote Michael Budkie, A.H.T., executive director with
SAEN. He will be joined Wednesday by SAEN legal counsel.
Budkie said SAEN uncovered numerous instances of neglect and
violation of law, including one where animals awakened during surgery
while holes were being drilled in their skulls.
“These violations show an extreme disregard for the well-being of
these animals, and since the NIH policy states investigators cannot make
changes to grants when they are in violation of the AWA, we are filing a
request that the money for these grants and for these specific animals
be refunded,” said Budkie.
Additionally, Budkie said there is evidence of a “cover-up” of the
violations at UCSF.
If the NIH does not take action, Budkie said SAEN is prepared to file
suit to have the taxpayer money recovered.
See: University of California,
Report & Suspension - 24 May 2008
Denial of Appeal of USDA 24 May 2008 Suspension Report
Appeal of USDA 24 May 2008 Suspension Report
Necropsy Report -
- Primate #MMU35184
Animal Use Report - 2008