The University of Washington prides itself on being a top-tier scientific institution, and yet, it is anything but that when it comes to how they treat animals and the types of experiments they allow to be conducted on the animals imprisoned at the University of Washington.
These UW laboratories aren’t open to the public and their existence kept hidden from view from most students, alumni and tax payers. UW researchers try to convince the public that knowledge gained from animal studies can be extrapolated to humans yet their scientific papers reporting the results of research repeatedly include a disclaimer warning about making such an assumption.
But it isn’t only the uselessness and wastefulness of these animal experiments that should horrify everyone who learns about them. It is the tragic and terrible ways that burgeoning scientists are taught to treat living beings – each with their own emotional, environmental, and physical needs – as if they were not sentient at all. No normal healthy human would willingly conduct these experiments except when taught to turn this part of their ethical reasoning system off.
Breeding, capturing, exploiting, torturing, and then killing primates in the name of education and science must be talked about openly. This is the time to talk about animal ethics, animal law, and pedagogy at the UW. The UW is one of the most progressive learning institutions in the world, but in this one area, it continues to work and teach in the dark.
As of 2019 (according to the Annual Report filed with the USDA), there are:
- 540 Non-human primates (mostly macaques). There are another 513 non-human primates being held in a breeding facility in Arizona.
- 23 dogs being kept for breeding purposes, 18 dogs being used for research purposes. All of these animals are kept in cages and do not have access to the outdoors.
- 164 ferrets being used for research, and 109 ferrets being used for breeding purposes.
History of Animal Research at the University of Washington
History of Animal Abuse at the University of Washington
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Washington National Primate Research Center (WA-NPRC)
The pressure to end non-human animal experiments, especially primate experimentation, continues to mount. The public is being exposed to media proving what happens in the laboratories and continue to question the value of the science behind primate suffering. Help us end primate experimentation starting right here in Seattle, and help the UW move into a future where humans explore alternatives to exploiting other species to thrive.