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University Vet Quits Over Animal Treatment

December 31, 2010

From Care2
Posted by Mac McDaniel

The University of Wisconsin has been accused of bullying a senior veterinarian into resigning after he spoke out against animal welfare abuses at their research facility.

UW has been cited over twenty times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the past year and a half, and its consistent noncompliance with even the bare minimum of standards imposed by the AWA has been a source of criticism, both from within the university and without.

From within the university, Dr. Richard “Jim” Brown has raised concerns about the welfare of the animals in the school’s labs. Brown was a senior program veterinarian at the university’s Research Animal Resource Center, where he says he was bullied and retaliated against for raising such concerns.

Brown quit earlier this month after over five years on the job, and called his resignation a “coercive termination,” saying he made many enemies at the RARC for constantly raising concerns about animals in their facilities that weren’t being properly cared for.

Dr. Brown isn’t an animal rights activist, but can see that the university is pulling in enormous amounts of money and isn’t using the funding to fulfill the promise made to the public that the animals used for experimentation are “well-cared for.” The University of Wisconsin receives over one billion dollars annually for research.

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The problem here is obvious: that even in the most prestigious and well-funded research facilities in the developed world, the animals are denied proper medical care, and their needs for food and water are neglected, all while being subjected to what which would be called torture if it were done to a human. And if anyone tries to raise an alarm about it, they are told – as Jim Brown was – that “silence was a condition of continued employment.”

Animal testing is more than just a scientific farce and inhuman torture, it’s also big business. A billion dollars a year in research funds means a lot of people have a vested interest in seeing the continuation of vivisection at UW, no matter the cost in animal life. Just like every other industry that exploits, tortures, and murders animals, the bottom line is the only concern.

Jim Brown contacted me in regard to this story, and he referred to animal testing as “expensive, time-consuming, misleading and addictive,” and said that the lure of research funds will keep animal testing going until the government mandates non-animal research in laboratories.

The solution to these problems isn’t complicated, but it is daunting. We have to end all animal testing forever.

More regulation or stricter consequences will not solve the problem. If these facilities cannot meet the laughably minimum standards in place now, it is obviously a sign of a broader and more serious problem: that animals can never be treated with respect and compassion as long as they are viewed as the inanimate property of humans to be used for whatever frivolous purpose we see fit.

To end the greed, the bullying, the scientific regression, and the torture and murder of innocent animals, there is no other way but to end vivisection altogether.

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the vet is a hero
the university,
a zero!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 31, 2010 1:04 pm

    the vet is a hero
    the university,
    a zero!!!!


  2. donna permalink
    December 31, 2010 4:43 pm

    All I need to say about this is, “Bless Mr. Brown for his courage, bravery, & still hold onto his conscience”.. Those morons threatening him will get theirs.. They are no better than a Michael Vick type.. Same mentality, same deep pockets.. This whole “Tourcher Chamber” has to be shut down, NOW!! How are these ingrates not being arrested the same as any other animal abuser?? They too, need to be fined heavily, go to jail, just like the rest of the sick animal abusers.. Testing on animals is not an option to me anyway, never should be allowed in the first place.. It’s not science, it’s legalized murder at will.. I’d love to be able to fire ALL of them.. It needs to shut down, money all returned.. They can all get in line to work at Mickey D’s.. dobrd….


  3. Mary Fuller permalink
    January 9, 2011 5:59 pm

    Come on UW-Madison, evolve! Don’t make me ashamed to be an alumna of the university. I cannot comprehend why anyone still wants to torture and abuse animals, unless of course, you are sick in the head and certainly in the heart.


  4. May 1, 2012 4:32 pm

    Very nice blog post. I certainly love this site. Keep it up!


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