July 16, 2007
An investigation into allegations of mistreatment of animals at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis has found that they were either unfounded, out of context or too vague to be pursued properly.
The claims were made in October 2006 by Cheri Stevens, a former animal care technician at the center, at a press conference organized by Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN), an activist group that opposes research involving animals. Stevens was employed by the center from March 2002 to March 2005.
"Our initial reaction to these claims was that they were baseless, but I nonetheless felt it appropriate to request an investigation," said center director Dallas Hyde. "I am pleased that the committee's report finds that these allegations were unsubstantiated. However, where there are recommendations that we can follow, we will implement them if we have not done so already."
The UC Davis investigation was conducted by UC Davis Attending Veterinarian Lon Kendall and members of the campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The committee oversees all research involving animals at UC Davis.
For further information or a copy of the report, please contact Andy Fell, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-4533, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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