http://www.pcrm.org/media/online/oct2011/dead-puppy-burned-baboons-top-ivy-league-animalOctober 5, 2011
PCRM | Dead Puppy, Burned Baboons Top Ivy LeagueAnimal Cruelty Report
A dead puppy was found under a floor grate at the University of Pennsylvania. Baboons wereburned and blistered in an experiment at Yale. PCRM’s new report uncovers shocking animal abuseat all eight Ivy League schools.PCRM evaluated the Ivy League universities on their adherence to the minimal standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and their stewardship of taxpayer funding through the National Institutesof Health. The report finds that all the universities had disturbingly high numbers of AWA violations. Animals at the schools suffered injury and death from various causes, including unauthorizedsurgical experiments. At Harvard, a cage was sent through a mechanical cage washer with a primate still inside. He wasfound dead. These are the lethal conditions he had to endure: The washer’s water temperaturereaches 180 to 200 F. Detergent and acid or alkaline wash solutions were pumped into the cage.The wash cycle’s duration lasted 15 to 20 minutes. At times, its water pressure was the same as ariot-control water cannon, according to product specifications.“Federal inspectors at Ivy League laboratories should not be uncovering burned baboons and adead puppy under a floor grate,” says John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., a PCRM physician andformer Harvard Medical School faculty member. “Prestigious research institutions getting millions of dollars in grant money should be held accountable for neglect and abuse of animals used inexperiments and should commit to replacing animals in research.”Based on a PCRM scoring system that weighs the number and severity of violations, the Ivy Leagueschools were ranked from worst to least bad in the Ivy League Research Misconduct Report Card:
Rank University ResearchMisconductScoreNotable ViolationsWorst University of Pennsylvania
120A dead newborn puppy was found under a kennel floor grate.
49Nonhuman primates were routinely forced to go morethan 24 hours without water.
49Baboons were burned and blistered when heating padswere substituted for warm water units in an experiment.
48A cage was sent through a mechanical cage washer with a primate still inside. He was found dead.
38 A primate’s lungs essentially burst when an importantvalve was not opened during surgery. The animal diedof pulmonary hyperinflation.
35Students used animals in surgical experiments notapproved by the Institutional Animal Care and UseCommittee. Two had to be euthanized.