U.S. Primate Experimentation: Behind theLab Door
How many primates are imprisoned in laboratories and dealers? • During 2003 roughly 120,000 primates were incarcerated in U.S. laboratory and dealer operations.
During 2003 the U.S. Federal Government spent a whopping $1.6 Billion dollars on primate experimentation. This averages out to more than $3000 every minute of every day. What does Primate Experimentation Cost?
What is life like in a typical laboratory? A 33 – 55 lb primate lives in a space of 8 square feet (2’ x 4’). This is like a 165 lb human spending their entire life in a space that is 24 square feet (3’ x 8’).
Life in the lab: Rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees, and other species are subjected to food & water deprivation and confinement in restraint chairs.
Common types of experiments include: Brain-Mapping Drug Addiction Infectious Diseases Psychology/Stress Military – use of chemical weapons, lasers, microwaves, radiation, etc.
Primates in Labs Lose Their Minds: UCLA Primate 9730 (Vervet) “Animal has history of ulceration @ tip of tail following amputation on 3/25/03. Please follow the healing since he recently removed granulated/scabbed over tail tip.” Other injuries included: 3/7/03 severed gastrocnemius tendon; 3/21/03 deep laceration to tail; 3/25 palm laceration; 12/11/03 laceration to upper lip; 12/13/03 laceration to upper lip reopened; 2/11/04 ulcerated tail tip. We believe that this is a clear instance of self-mutilation due to psychological stress.”
The Worst Heartbreak of all: 1300 chimps are locked into U.S. labs. These intelligent creatures who are so much like us spend decade upon decade in mind-numbing confinement. “Karen” a chimpanzee who is caged at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana has spent 47 years inside a laboratory cage.
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) fights to end the abuse of primates in laboratories In 2005 SAEN media events exposed abuses within labs across the U.S. garnering more than 50 separate pieces of media coverage in mainstream media (i.e. Associated Press) saving the lives of many primates.
For the most up-to-date information about primates in labs: • Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! 1081B St. Rt. 28 PMB 280 Milford, Ohio 45150 513-575-5517 • www.saenonline.org