While all university “animal care and use programs” are the stuff of nightmares, the following five institutions deserve special mention based on:
• Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations,
• numbers of animals killed,
• painfulness and invasiveness of experiments, and
• unwillingness to make improvements.
Please bear in mind when reading this post that rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. This means — given that rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experiments — that the true depth of the depravity at U.S. universities with “animal care and use programs” is much greater.
So here, then — in no particular order — is a quick tour of the Top Five worst university “animal care and use programs”, U.S. edition:
(1) University of California, Davis
• UC-Davis is home to the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), which incarcerates approximately 5,000 primates. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses are also part of its animal experimentation program.
• While many institutions are phasing out animal tests, UC-Davis is expanding its primate facilities b