Friday, December 15, 2006

UConn Monkey Shocker

From the latest edition of Good Medicine Magazine:

Federally Funded Monkey Study Gets Second Look:

Accusations of animal negligence against a neuroscience researcher at a University of Connecticut lab have been corroborated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. For the past 15 years, UConn Health Center faculty member Dr. David Waitzman has been drilling holes into the heads of monkeys, implanting steel springs in their eyes, inflicting brain damage, and measuring the effect of the brain damage on the monkeys’ eye movements. An inspection of Dr. Waitzman’s lab resulted in five citations for noncompliance that contributed to the death of a rhesus monkey named Cornelius. The lab has been cited by the USDA before for not effectively seeking out alternatives to potentially painful or distressful procedures.

Maybe they should give Dr. Waitzman a taste of his own medicine and send him up to the UConn Dental Clinics for treatment, where all of the above is the 'standard of care'.

1 comment:

stacy said...

With the new additions to the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act," naming or investigating such "shockers" will of course amount to 'terrorism.' That's what happens though when people allow wars on adverbs, nouns and adjectives.