Treatment of monkeys at UBC investigated

March 7, 2012

The BC SPCA is investigating the University of British Columbia over allegations that 14 macaque monkeys used in a brain research project are being subjected to cruel experiments. The SPCA is also probing claims that the monkeys are not under the scrutiny of the UBC Animal Care Committee and that 4 monkeys have been killed because they were severely disabled following experiments related to Parkinson's disease research. An SPCA official says the society will investigate concerns raised by Stop UBC Animal Research and a constable with expertise in animal research will visit the facility. In a step toward greater public transparency, UBC has a dedicated website where it discloses information on animal research. Vancouver Sun