For immediate release:
September 3, 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Seattle – Below is a statement from Cathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President of Laboratory Research at PETA, regarding the University of Washington’s announcement of the appointment of Michelle Basso as Director of the Washington National Primate Research Center:
This is both appalling and unsettling that the University of Washington has hired Michelle Basso as the new director of the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). Basso is “world famous” because he was one of the few primate experimenters ever denied the use of animals due to welfare problems.
Her time at the University of Wisconsin was marked by a firestorm due to her reluctance to abide by rules or stick to experimental protocols and her apparent incompetence. As the rector of the university wrote in a memo sent to all teachers on March 19, 2010: “Dr. The university animal care committees have cited Michelle Basso on a number of issues for five and a half years. Despite repeated efforts and unequivocal warning from the ACUC School of Medicine and Public Health [Animal Care and Use Committee], the problems were repeated. “
Basso’s experiments include cutting holes in the skulls of monkeys, inserting electrodes into their brains, and implanting small coils of wire into their eyes. She straps them to an armchair and makes them look at the screen all day – and she keeps them thirsty for a sip of water together.
If you have a strong stomach, read on: Basso’s “problems” in the Wisconsin lab, writes the treating veterinarian, were that she “had significant difficulties with the cranial explant model – much more than other researchers using the same model in the same. ” an animal care unit with the same veterinary staff, including non-compliance with clear instructions and reluctance to allow autopsies of deceased animals. … There have been several cases of confirmed or suspected brain abscesses, and many cases where screws penetrated the dura mater, resulting in either bleeding or an abscess. The animals were left unattended for several hours in unfavorable conditions. … Medical records are often incomplete or unavailable. … It was recently discovered that [Basso] inserts unsterilized materials into brain tissue. “
Wisconsin officials eventually allowed her to return to the animal lab, but only under close supervision.
Basso’s failure to comply with animal welfare rules should strip her of her right to run any animal laboratory anywhere – but especially WaNPRC, with its own long history of violations. Federal inspection reports show that primates there suffer from incompetence and negligence. They were strangled, dying of thirst, tortured by other monkeys, and suffocated by their own vomit. Internal documents obtained by PETA show that a staggering 332 injuries (including broken limbs and teeth), over 200 cases of gastrointestinal problems, 149 cases of significant weight loss, 19 cases of rectal prolapse have been treated by the federally funded center in the past eight months. and a dozen implant anomalies.
UW has scraped the bottom of the barrel for this rental and should review it immediately. Basso should be kept as far away from the monkeys as possible.
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