- 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
Institute of Technology, Harvard University and nearly 50 other
of abusing animals in their research labs.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now has asked the U.S. Department of
investigate the research labs. The group alleges that each of the
violates the federal Animal Welfare Act, which requires researchers
justify potentially painful experimentation done without using
Neither institution has any history of warnings or violations related
Michael Budkie, SAEN's executive director, told the Boston Herald
percent of the 50 institutions his group reviewed do not accurately
painful procedures done on primates.
''They're trying to put a good face on highly invasive procedures,''
''Some of these institutions have been doing these experiments for 30
Harvard and MIT perform brain-mapping experiments which require
be confined in restraint chairs with recording devices attached to
skulls, Budkie said. Budkie also claimed that they animals are often
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
claims abuses animals said the hospital conducts its experiments on
to better understand illnesses like schizophrenia or depression.
McLean researchers conduct experiments that subject primates to food
deprivation, electric shock, multiple surgeries and restraints,
McLean also does not have any record of animal abuse violations or
Harvard spokesman Don Gibbons said that Harvard has a committee that
that procedures done with anesthesia are done appropriately
Europeans For Medical Advancement EFMA
(Questioning Animal Models in Medical Research)