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Gathering Of Great Minds: Creating San Diego's Salk Institute

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janecartmill4 | today at 12:11 p.m. ― 5 minutes ago

Salk Institute conducts some very grim animal experiments in their brain-mapping research. Primates are confined for long periods of time in restraint chairs, with electrodes implanted in their brains and recording coils attached to their eyes.
They are deprived of liquids so that they will find a small sip of juice to be a reward for cooperating with the testing. This is only one example of Salk animal experimentation.
Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that
over the past 18 months Salk has admitted to multiple violations of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and has received at least 6 letters from the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare citing an assortment of offenses including incorrect veterinary and surgical procedures; failure to maintain records; death of animals by suffocation and starvation and injury due to neglect and mishandling; animals escaping from their cages; inability of staff to distinguish between dead and live animals (live animals were placed in a freezer because they were thought to be dead); surgery performed without requisite anesthesia, and animals left with untreated open wounds. And these are the violations that Salk reported voluntarily. I have to wonder what more may be going on that has not been admitted. I don't know why the public should have any faith in the "science" of an institution that demonstrates such sloppy and neglectful treatment of its research "subjects."

April 14, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gathering Of Great Minds: Creating San Diego's Salk Institute

Salk Institute conducts some very grim animal experiments in their brain-mapping research. Primates are confined for long periods of time in restraint chairs, with electrodes implanted in their brains and recording coils attached to their eyes.
They are deprived of liquids so that they will find a small sip of juice to be a reward for cooperating with the testing. This is only one example of Salk animal experimentation.
Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that
over the past 18 months Salk has admitted to multiple violations of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and has received at least 6 letters from the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare citing an assortment of offenses including incorrect veterinary and surgical procedures; failure to maintain records; death of animals by suffocation and starvation and injury due to neglect and mishandling; animals escaping from their cages; inability of staff to distinguish between dead and live animals (live animals were placed in a freezer because they were thought to be dead); surgery performed without requisite anesthesia, and animals left with untreated open wounds. And these are the violations that Salk reported voluntarily. I have to wonder what more may be going on that has not been admitted. I don't know why the public should have any faith in the "science" of an institution that demonstrates such sloppy and neglectful treatment of its research "subjects."

April 14, 2014 at 12:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )