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
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:
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.
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.
urge NIH to cut taxpayer funding for experiments on animals at UCSF.
Dear [Decision Maker],