Seattle, November 4, 2022—King County Superior Court ordered the University of Washington to pay people fees and penalties for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) last month public records suit v. University in connection with the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC).
Supreme Court Justice Susan R. Parisian decided the university had failed to conduct a proper search of the records, which include photos and videos of the “experiments.” PETA claimed that WNPRC is conducting On their animals and some of their deaths either because of these experiments or because of neglect in their care.
One of the contributing factors to the decision was the history of the university Destruction of public records during a federal investigationfor which the King County Superior Court also found the UW liable in a separate lawsuit filed in December 2021.
As a federally funded institution, destroying photos and videos is a violation of the state’s Public Records Act, which mandates disclosure of public records to maintain transparency and accountability by public officials and institutions. The judge in the case said, “The lack of any policy/system identifying which videos/images are being destroyed prevents [UW] of complying with the requirements [Public Records Act]. It also appears to be in violation of another state law that criminalizes “inflicting harm.” [a] public record.”
The October decision came just days after Senator Cory Booker called the US Department of Health and Human Services to investigate “why this deeply troubled facility continues to receive federal funding.”
In a statement issued to the Lynnwood Times by PETA, the animal activist group said hiding and destroying public records has consequences, the $540,000 message, but the end result should be the permanent closure of WaNRPC.
“The school wastes billions of public dollars annually, a fact that underscores its cruelty, incompetence and contempt for accountability,” PETA said in a statement issued to the Lynwood Times.
PETA also filed a complaint back in February with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Foreign Research Administration Policy Office, alleging that WaNPRC violated the Records Retention and Access section of the NIH Grant Policy Statement by destroying records and apparently violating state law, according to for a press release.
Shortly after that complaint, PETA has called on the Seattle Police Chief to conduct an investigationreimbursing the millions of taxpayer dollars used to fund these occult experiments, and permanently banning WaNPRC from receiving future federal grant awards.
WaNPRC is one of seven remaining major centers established in the early 1960s and continually funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), with satellite facilities located in downtown Seattle and Mesa, Arizona.
The center first began operating in 1961 and includes the following departments: AIDS-Related Diseases, Global Programs, Neuroscience, NHP Systems Biology, and other related research support centers. The facility’s main areas of research, according to its website, include infectious diseases, neuroscience, brain disorders, reproduction, and endocrinology. The facility houses more than 1,500 primates according to the National Primate Research Centers.
In 2021, the University of Washington received $527,499,672 in National Institutes of Health funding, just under the 2020 $533 million for research and training.
Washington National Primate Research Center
In a recent eight-month period, the federally funded center, including the Breeding Center in Mesa, Arizona, has treated 332 traumatic injuries, more than 200 gastrointestinal problems, 149 cases of significant weight loss, 19 cases of rectal prolapse, and 12 transplant operation. abnormality.
Over the past few years, federal inspection reports have revealed violations of federal law, negligence, and failures in oversight that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of monkeys inside the facility.
In 2019, a tester at the facility insisted on performing surgery on a monkey that had not fasted properly the night before, causing the monkey to go into respiratory arrest and death.
In the same year, a monkey undergoing a painful operation was given a diluted opioid analgesic which resulted in insufficient pain relief. Through an investigation by the USDA, it was found that the medicine cabinet had been left open and the opioid appeared to have been stolen.
In 2018, a pigtail monkey was strangled to death when it became untangled in a chain attached to its cage.
In 2016, a monkey died while undergoing an MRI but the cause of death was not determined because the facility failed to keep proper records. Less than a month later, an eight-year-old pigtail monkey died of dehydration when the watering line was not properly installed in its cage. The report found that the animal had had no water for at least 48-72 hours.
In 2015, three monkeys died of major health problems as a result of medical documents that were not adequately filled out.
In three separate incidents in 2013, small pig-tailed macaques were attacked and sustained extensive traumatic injuries, and they died or were euthanized.
In 2011, the USDA imposed a fine of US$11,000 after pig-tailed macaques were found dead in their cage after losing more than 25 percent of their body weight – they starved to death.
In 2008, UW was fined $20,000 for unauthorized surgeries.
According to the UW Bureau of Animal Welfare, only three cases of noncompliance with the 2021 USDA were reported at the Seattle facility — all of which were in January. Rabbits did not get the required daily checks, one non-human primate was left on a hunting trip for at least 12 hours without access to food or water, and two non-human primates escaped from their cages and were treated for injuries.
The University of Washington defends WaNPRC as necessary to test certain research, dismissing PETA’s claims as inaccurate and misleading. They have shown the Lynnwood Times the following statement regarding PETA and Dr. Jones-Engle’s efforts:
“The Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) is committed to ensuring that non-human primates are used only when there is no other alternative. We are accountable to several regulatory agencies including the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Care.
“These federal regulatory agencies ensure compliance with standards as set forth in the Animal Care Act, PHS Policy, and Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. In addition, the University of Washington is accredited by AAALAC International, a voluntary accrediting organization that oversees animal welfare programs.
The University of Washington and WaNPRC remain in good standing with these regulatory bodies and were recently accredited to continue accreditation by the AAALAC in November 2019.
“All of these agencies are aware of all aspects of our program and all issues raised have been corrected or dismissed as inaccurate or misleading.
“Our center in six other primate centers around the country is frequently targeted by animal rights groups whose goal is to shut down all animal research. We continue to look for ways to conduct this research using computer models, simulators, and cell cultures, however, for some research The use of non-human primates is essential and we will continue to use best practices while following appropriate care guidelines and regulations.”
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