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Millions of Animals Killed at UCSF

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The University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) has a long history of abusing millions of mice, monkeys, and other animals imprisoned in its laboratories and violating federal animal welfare laws and guidelines.

Government reports and internal UCSF records document more than 100 violations of federal animal welfare laws and guidelines in just the past few years. Among the dozens of violations:

  • Experimenters didn't supply pain relief to mice and rats who had their skulls, backs, and abdomens cut into.
  • Experimenters placed live newborn mice inside a freezer meant for dead animals.
  • Experimenters cut out both of a rabbit's eyes in an unapproved surgery.
  • Experimenters cut the toes off of mice without pain relief.
  • Mice died from dehydration after staff failed to notice that they didn't have any water.

 

A rhesus monkey named Peanut 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. Peanut lost 25 percent of his body weight, but it was only after he was killed that experimenters realized that Peanut's jaw didn't open properly and that he probably hadn't been able to chew food.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) policies require facilities receiving taxpayer money to follow animal welfare laws and guidelines as a condition of their receiving grants, but last year, UCSF received more than $500 million in taxpayer money—half of which was likely spent on experiments involving animals—even though it continues to regularly violate these provisions.

Please urge NIH to cut taxpayer funding for experiments on animals at UCSF. 

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