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Jan 25, 2007

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Phone Call
Location:United States
Cross-posted from Green Vibrations (Yahoo Group):





CROSS POST FREELY!!!

CALL/EMAIL TO URGE RELEASE OF
MONKEY BEING HELD CAPTIVE AT
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CTR.




Folks,

We need your help!

Our organization's (UConn Animal Rights Collective)
efforts over the past year, with support from a plethora of national
and international advocacy groups, were instrumental in the recent
termination of the nonhuman primate research program at University of
CT Health Center that culminated with the unfortunate transfer of a
rhesus macaque named Mowgli to the University of Mississippi Medical
Center under the care of Dr. Paul May.  The primary investigator on the
protocol at the UConn Health Center, Dr. David Waitzman, received
extensive sanctioning from the UCHC Animal Care Committee and USDA for
repeated, significant violations of Animal Welfare Act that culminated in the revocation of approval for the research that involved drilling holes into the skulls of rhesus macaques. You can read more about the issue here:

"Primate Violations End Project at UConn" Hartford Courant, Jan 12, 2007
"UConn Halts Monkey Research Following Federal Inspection" Newsday Jan 12
"Monkey Business Ends at UConn Health Center" UConn Daily Campus Jan 24



By building alliances with a wide array of activists, advocates,
medical professionals and researchers across the country as well the
proprietors of several prominent animal sanctuaries, we have been able
to secure consulting services, veterinary care, and funding to
transport and provide a safe sanctuary home for Mowgli. 


Mowgli has experienced insurmountable grief and trauma. All three of
his nonhuman primate companions at UCHC, the only persons like himself
that he knows, have died or been euthanized while he, for years,
watched and waited for his turn to come. Furthermore,
in March 2006, Mowgli was pulled around and choked with a collar so
tight that the blood vessels in his face burst and his eyes bled.

Given that Mowgli has not yet been subjected to any invasive
procedures, and has even been deemed unfit for these types of
experiments by a UCHC veterinarian, this is the perfect opportunity to
provide him with the life he undoubtedly deserves.

The
pieces are all in place to provide a safe haven for Mowgli and we need
your help to insure that the project comes to fruition. As a tax payer
in the U.S. whose dollars fund this research, you have a say.


Please contact the administrators at the University of Mississippi
Medical Center listed below via email and telephone and urge them,
given the circumstances listed above, to agree to release Mowgli and
participate with us in the relocation process.

Sincerely,

Justin Goodman
 
ACT NOW!!!!!

Block of email addresses, for your convenience:
lfulton@animal.umsmed.edu
jehall@physiology.umsmed.edu
swarren@anatomy.umsmed.edu
jgarrett@dor.umsmed.edu
agrady@animal.umsmed.edu<


SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear UMMC faculty members and staff,

Thank you for your time. In light of the recent misconduct uncovered at the University of Connecticut
Health Center and the subsequent transfer of a young macaque named
Mowgli to your facility, as a taxpayer and person who abhors cruelty, I
am requesting that plans be made for Mowgli to be relocated to an
accredited sanctuary immediately.

This monkey has
experienced insurmountable grief and trauma. All three of his nonhuman
primate companions at UCHC, the only persons like himself that he
knows, have died or been euthanized while he, for years, watched and
waited for his turn to come.  Given that Mowgli has not yet been
subjected to any invasive procedures, this is the perfect opportunity
to provide him with the life he undoubtedly deserves.

I look forward to a positive resolution to this matter.

Sincerely,

Name
City, State
Country


Primary contact info:
Dr. John Hall, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UMiss Med Ctr.
jehall@physiology.umsmed.edu
601-815-5000

Additional contact info:
Dr. Susan Warren- Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
swarren@anatomy.umsmed.edu
601-984-1671

Ms. Jean Garrett- Asst. Director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
jgarrett@dor.umsmed.edu
601-815-5006

Dr. Andrew Grady-- Director, Lab Animal Facilities
agrady@animal.umsmed.edu
601-984-1385

Dr. Linda Fulton-- Asst. Director, Lab Animal Facilities
lfulton@animal.umsmed.edu
601-984-1385
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Posted: Thursday January 25, 2007, 7:17 pm
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