Angry Activists Protest Primate Starvation Death at UW

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From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517
Seattle Contact: Rachel Bjork: 206-334-3742
attn: Assignment Desk

Angry Activists Protest Primate Starvation Death at UW

SEATTLE, WA – Angry Animal Activists have announced a protest for Today – Wednesday, January 20th, at 4:15 PM at the UW Primate Facility (3010 Western Ave.). The protest follows revelations from government reports that UW staff allowed a primate to starve to death.

“If the staff at the UW can’t even be trusted to make sure primates are fed properly, do you want to trust your life to drugs and treatments tested in this facility?” said Rachel Bjork of the Northwest Animal Rights Network. “If they can’t even do basic animal care, then should anyone trust their research findings?”

A USDA inspection report from September of 2009 revealed an incident during which a primate was allowed to starve to death at the UW. The 3 year old male monkey had deteriorated severely, losing over 25% of his body weight.

The primates’ death again has controversy swirling around the UW primate center. Media coverage of this incident recently spread across the US through a UPI story which was picked up by major publications including USA Today. According to the Google website, the January 8th Seattle Times article about primate starvation incident is still posted on over 18,000 web pages over a week later.

The UW was also recently investigated by federal authorities for performing multiple unauthorized surgeries on primates.

“The negligence at the UW caused a primate to starve to death” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “It is time for meaningful action by government agencies,” he said. “As of now the USDA is literally allowing the UW to get away with murder.”


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Activists protest primate starvation
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