THE University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ) may be the largest school of health sciences of its kind in the U.S., but this has not prevented UMDNJ researchers who use live animals in their experiments from repeatedly proving themselves abysmally inept at following either their own research protocols or guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
It is grievous enough that millions of sentient animals across the U.S. are gratuitously confined, tortured and killed each year in outmoded, nightmarish experiments, the results of which cannot reasonably be generalized to Homo sapiens, but this incalculable tragedy is compounded at the UMDNJ, where there is a clear, easily-verified history of breathtaking incompetence, irresponsibility and inhumanity with regard to the health and well-being of laboratory animals under researchers’ care. This pattern of shocking ineptitude and apathy has not only cast a tremendous shadow of doubt on the UMDNJ’s reputation as a leader among research universities in New Jersey – it has resulted in unimaginable suffering and the needless loss of untold animal lives…
The following excerpts (of which there are more) come directly from official USDA APHIS Inspection Reports of a UMDNJ facility where invasive animal research is routinely conducted, at 185 South Orange Avenue in Newark, N.J. These reports can be independently verified by accessing the following:
Relevant APHIS/USDA website search information:
Name: 'dentistry' State: 'NJ' Customer Type: 'Research Facility"
-Aug 10, 2007: Violation of APHIS Regulation 2.31 (e)(4), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reads ~ “Procedures designed to assure that discomfort and pain to animals will be limited to that which is unavoidable for the conduct of scientifically valuable research, including provision for the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs where indicated and appropriate to minimize discomfort & pain to animals.”
Post inspection, Veterinary Medical Officer & USDA APHIS Animal Care Inspector #5019, Michael J Smith reported: “I saw two pigs that had recent surgeries prior to my inspection. One pig was in a lateral recumbency, and reluctant to move, and the other was sitting & also reluctant to move. Pigs in other areas of the facility were very active & approaching the front of the enclosure as I toured the room. Protocol 07004 did not describe the frequency of analgesic administration, but I was told it was provided twice per day, which is in the 8 hr work day. The two pigs that I saw went as long as 15 hrs between analgesic administrations. The protocol must describe procedures to assure that discomfort & pain to animals will be relieved.”
-June 9, 2010: Violation of APHIS Regulation 2.31 (c) (7), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reads ~ “”With respect to activities involving animals, the IACUC, as an agent of the research facility, shall: Review & approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding the care and use of animals in ongoing activities.
Post inspection, VMO and USDA APHIS Animal Care Inspector #1008, John Lopinto, DVM, reported: “Protocol 09091D0912 involves a hypertension study with dogs. Medical records reviewed at the time of inspection show the canine numbers[masked] and[masked] underwent a surgical procedure to clamp the right renal artery as approved, the approved protocol indicates that the left kidney will be wrapped. There is no mention in the surgical records as to what was done to the left kidney. Canine[masked] records indicate the left renal artery was clamped instead of the right renal artery and again there is no mention if the left kidney was wrapped as indicated in the approved protocol.
On March 9, 2010, canine[masked] underwent a procedure for protocol 09091D0912. The protocol was approved for a clamping of the right renal artery & a wrapping of the left kidney. Medical records indicate that the left renal artery was clamped, however there was no documentation of what was done to the right kidney, record showed minimal blood loss.
Later the investigator in a separate letter to the IACUC indicated he had removed the right kidney due to excessive bleeding at the time of clamping and then also wrapped the left kidney. The investigator must follow the approved protocol that was reviewed by the IACUC and document all events which occurred during the procedure in order to ensure compliance and or receive prior approval by the IACUC for any modifications. This affected 3 animals.”
In a manifest exhibition of outrage over these (and other) inexcusable atrocities, and in solidarity with Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) sponsored National Primate Liberation Week (NPLW) , FAUN will be staging a demo at the UMDNJ Newark research/educational facility where all these appalling crimes against our animal friends were perpetrated (and continue to occur!) We will be holding relevant signs & handing out related literature to passersby, some leaflets citing the violations and others which inform readers about viable alternatives to the fraudulent, obscenely irrelevant paradigm of animal testing for solutions/cures to human ailments. Please, on National Primate Liberation Week, help us to make a thunderously powerful/symbolic stand for the countless animals tortured, maimed and killed by pharmaceutical, cosmetic,"educational" & commercial giants for nothing other than fraudulent "research" funds, redundant product development, etc)
WHEN: Friday, October 22nd , 2010.
TIME: From 2:00pm through 6:00pm.
WHERE: UMDNJ Medical/Dental School,185 S Orange Ave, Newark NJ,07103
**IMPORTANT PARKING UPDATE!!!!** PLEASE DO NOT park in the PathMark parking lot on Bergen St, across from the UMDNJ! We've learned that from 8am to 4pm on weekdays, this parking lot is monitored by PathMark employees, vigilant for people parking there and then walking across to the UMDNJ. Activists parking there and walking across Bergen St to join the protest MAY BE ticketed/towed at the owner's expense! THERE IS, however, metered and unmetered parking all along this section of Bergen St, close to where it intersects w/ S. Orange Ave. On this part of Bergen St, there is also a Rite Aid, an IHOP and a KFC, all with ample parking. From any of these locations, you'll walk about half a block up Bergen to where it intersects w/ S.Orange Ave, then turn left onto S.Orange Ave, where we'll be gathered about 1/2 a block down on the left hand side (roughly where S. Orange intersects with Bruce St - in front of the facility where the actual animal testing is done). Please check the following link for a clear overview of the local layout:
Option B for parking: There is an actual multi-level parking garage at the intersection of S. Orange and Bergen St, annexed to the UMDNJ facility itself. A HUGE sign for this parking garage at 160 Bergen St says P2 PARKING - that's it! This is more secure, obviously, than street parking, but there is a fee: $3.25 pays up to 2 hours/ $7.50 pays up to 12 hours in the parking garage. For those showing up after 4, $3.25 should be enough, since we'll be finishing at 6pm. If there are any additional questions about parking, please call [masked] or email [masked]
The UMDNJ has been guilty of negligent violation after negligent violation, resulting in suffering, mutilation and death for helpless animals trapped in the UMDNJ’s research laboratories. Even if you cannot make it to this (or subsequent) demos, please, atleast call, write or email your NJ congressman to express your outrage over the pervasively visible failure of UMDNJ researchers to responsibly, humanely treat the animals deprived of all that is natural to them, confined in cages, subjected to needless experiments and invariably maimed & killed in UMDNJ laboratories. Senators Lautenberg & Menendez need to hear our outrage over the lethally negligent incompetence of UMDNJ researchers:
The Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg (Newark Office)
One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
The Honorable Robert Menendez (Newark Office)
One Gateway Center, 11th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Blessed be all animals & all friends of animals!