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    Animal rights group accuses Harvard, MIT of abusing animals By Associated Press, 8/30/2001 10:14 BOSTON (AP) A national animal rights group has accused the
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      Animal rights group accuses Harvard, MIT of abusing animals

      By Associated Press, 8/30/2001 10:14
      BOSTON (AP) A national animal rights group has accused the
      Massachusetts
      Institute of Technology, Harvard University and nearly 50 other
      institutions
      of abusing animals in their research labs.

      Stop Animal Exploitation Now has asked the U.S. Department of
      Agriculture to
      investigate the research labs. The group alleges that each of the
      labs
      violates the federal Animal Welfare Act, which requires researchers
      to
      justify potentially painful experimentation done without using
      anesthesia on
      test subjects.

      Neither institution has any history of warnings or violations related
      to
      animal abuse.

      Michael Budkie, SAEN's executive director, told the Boston Herald
      that 94
      percent of the 50 institutions his group reviewed do not accurately
      report
      painful procedures done on primates.

      ''They're trying to put a good face on highly invasive procedures,''
      Budkie
      said.
      ''Some of these institutions have been doing these experiments for 30
      years.''

      Harvard and MIT perform brain-mapping experiments which require
      primates to
      be confined in restraint chairs with recording devices attached to
      their
      skulls, Budkie said. Budkie also claimed that they animals are often
      denied
      food and water.

      MIT did not return the Herald's calls for comment. But Cynthia Lepore,
      spokeswoman for McLean Hospital in Belmont another organization that
      SAEN
      claims abuses animals said the hospital conducts its experiments on
      animals
      to better understand illnesses like schizophrenia or depression.

      McLean researchers conduct experiments that subject primates to food
      deprivation, electric shock, multiple surgeries and restraints,
      Budkie said.

      McLean also does not have any record of animal abuse violations or
      warnings.

      Harvard spokesman Don Gibbons said that Harvard has a committee that
      ensures
      that procedures done with anesthesia are done appropriately

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      Europeans For Medical Advancement EFMA
      (Questioning Animal Models in Medical Research)
      EFMA@...
      www.curedisease.net
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