The Unsocial Housing Of Primates And Dog Tooth Extraction: What's Going On Behind Closed Doors At Georgia Regents University?
Five federal violations were cited at the Georgia Regents University research facility in Augusta following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
According to USDA’s findings, GRU failed to explain why it was individually housing primates – a known stressor for these intelligent and social animals. Exemptions from social housing are allowed under the Animal Welfare Act (such as scientific justification), but GRU gave no indication of such exemptions. Other violations include GRU’s failure to search for alternatives to dental extraction and an extreme build-up of waste in hamster cages.
The results of the USDA’s December inspection address some of the findings of the undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States, which raised concerns about the unnecessary use of dogs in painful dental implant experiments, lack of social housing for primates and an overall poor plan to address the psychological needs of primates.
Two months following the release of the Humane Society’s investigation that captured what happens there to dogs behind closed doors, Georgia Regents University (GRU) announced it will no longer purchase dogs from random source Class B dog and cat dealers.
These Class B random source dealers -- and the illegal ‘bunchers’ that round up animals for them -- have a long history of trafficking in stolen pets and misrepresenting themselves in responding to ‘free-to-good-home’ ads, with the dogs eventually being sold to research laboratories such as GRU.
This policy change is a significant step in the right direction, but there is more to be done. The HSUS is still urging GRU to stop using dogs in painful dental experiments. The dogs endure procedures such as removal of all of their teeth and the placement of experimental implants.
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