Thursday, August 25, 2016

Contact:  Jodie Wiederkehr, Center For Ethical Science (CFES), 773-726-0589, 



Violated Federal Law, Charges Research Watchdog

DAVIS, CA – Due to negligence at the University of California, Davis, a macaque monkey escaped her enclosure violating federal Animal Welfare Laws in the process, charged a research watchdog group today.

The US Department of Agriculture cited the University of California,Davis with a critical violation, according to a July 19, 2016 inspection report.  According to the report, "On 6/20/2016, a macaque was able to escape a transport enclosure by bending a metal sliding door.  The animal was tranquilized using a dart gun and subsequently captured.  The animal was observed to be in declining health later the same day and was euthanized.  According to a pathology report, the animal's health was compromised by damage to one kidney with subsequent internal bleeding."  


In a letter to Dr. Robert Gibbens, Director of the Western Region of the USDA/APHIS (Animal and Plant Inspection Services), Jodie Wiederkehr, CFES' Executive Director, urged the USDA to launch a full investigation into this incident and levy the largest fine allowable against the University of California, Davis of at least $10,000 per non-compliance.  There were additional violations on this report including breaking protocol without prior approval from the IACUC (Institutional Care and Use Committee). 

"We don't know if the dart gun caused the damage to this animal's kidney or if this monkey had been suffering and bleeding internally for days or months prior.  Either way, this needs to be investigated and UC Davis should be held accountable for the tragic death of this monkey," Wiederkehr stated.

All federal reports are available upon request.