According to the Animal Welfare Act , all research done on “covered species” (meaning animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act) is supposed to be overseen and monitored by a Committee known as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC for short).  Among other things, the IACUC is responsible for addressing animal welfare concerns and for reviewing and approving “animal use” protocols (research studies that use non-human animals).

Instead, the IACUC at the University of Washington has acted like a rubber stamp, never seeing a research study that used non-human animals that they didn’t approve of, no matter how heinous the experiment.

In the UW’s Semi-Annual Report of program review, the UW’s research programs had 58 protocols with prolonged restraint (bats, birds, fish, mice, pigs, non-human primates, wild mammals).  There were repeated instances of mice and rats dying due to lack of access to food or water. This type of neglect has been happening for years.  Yet the committee in charge of overseeing and monitoring animal research at the UW (the IACUC) has done next to nothing about it.

Speak up at the Monthly IACUC on the Last Thursday of the Month.

Every month, you have the opportunity to speak up for the animals in labs at the University of Washington! The University of Washington’s IACUC meets monthly to discuss various research protocols (study designs).

You can check out their calendar here.

IACUC Meeting Recap Q&A with NARN

After every IACUC Meeting, a NARN representative will be available to answer your questions about topics that were discussed at the IACUC meeting as well as animal research and animal research at the UW specifically. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what goes on at the UW.

The meeting will be informal & free-flowing, so bring your questions or conundrums. Meeting time is tentatively scheduled for 4pm, but if the IACUC meeting runs over (unlikely), the meeting will start after the end of the IACUC