UW-Madison Pushes Back Against PETA Accusations

UW-Madison operates the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center in which monkeys there are used in medical experiments. Animal rights groups (such as People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings) are obviously conducting a harassment campaign against the facility filing complaints with USDA about the lab’s practices. The center recently debunked claims PETA made about animal mistreatment.

UW-Madison rebukes PETA claims of animal mistreatment

By Grace Hodgman | September 21, 2020 9:00 am, The Daily Cardinal

Following an earlier complaint against one of its animal facilities, the University of Wisconsin-Madison released a statement claiming the accusations misrepresented a UW lab in its treatment of primates. 

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — an international activist group focused on ending all animal research — filed the complaint against UW-Madison, alleging the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center violated federal guidelines against animals. 

PETA alleges six animal welfare violations at the research center after one of the group’s investigators went undercover at the lab from March through Sept. 1.

This is not the first series of complaints UW-Madison has seen. In April, the USDA fined UW-Madison $74,000 for 28 violations of federal research treatment standards from March 2015 to April 2019. In August, the activist group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) filed a complaint with the USDA claiming four additional incidents qualified as federal violation, according to the State Journal. 

PETA submitted the complaint on Sept. 2 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Health. Nadine Connor, UW-Madison’s associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance, received the complaint on Sept. 15.

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