Speak Out Against Animal Mistreatment at UCSF Labs
Please Join IDA in Calling for Removal of UCSF’s Accreditation
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has a long-standing and shameful record of animal neglect and mistreatment at its animal labs. Despite the $92,500 they were fined in 2005 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to settle violations of the Animal Welfare Act, more than 100 additional violations of federal animal welfare laws and guidelines have recently been exposed.
These involved the agonizing fate of a female monkey who, apart from her multiple invasive brain surgeries in a Parkinson’s study, suffered further extreme distress due to painful complications from a piece of plastic acrylic left in her head for two years. Another monkey was subjected to multiple invasive brain surgeries and was deliberately deprived of food so that he would perform tasks while locked in a restraint chair. He lost 25 percent of his body weight. In another horrific incident, experimenters placed live newborn mice inside a freezer meant for dead animals.
Other recent violations include failures to maintain clean enclosures, failure to provide adequate pain relief to animals after invasive surgeries, and failure to provide sufficient food and water to animals, including an incident where mice died of dehydration because staff failed to notice that they didn’t have any water.
UCSF’s animal abuse must not go ignored and they must be held accountable. Please join IDA and take action by contacting the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) to revoke UCSF’s accreditation under AAALAC. AAALAC’s mission statement claims that it promotes “humane, responsible animal care and use.” AAALAC also claims that institutions receiving accreditation go beyond the minimum standards required by law and “achieve excellence in animal care and use.” Clearly this is not happening at UCSF.
Use the form below to tell Dr. Christian Newcomer - Executive Director, AAALAC and Dr. Kathryn Bayne - Global Director, AAALAC to revoke UCSF's accreditation under AAALAC due to ongoing animal mistreatment at UCSF labs.
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