On Thursday, November 14, the agenda for the University of Washington's Regular Meeting of the Board of Regents includes "Animal Research and Care Facility – Approve Site Selection, Adopt Project Budget, and Approve the Use of the Internal Lending Program." This agenda item is referring to approving a new animal research facility on the UW campus. We are calling on the Board of Regents to NOT approve this animal lab expansion, which will allow the UW to double the number of primates, rabbits, and pigs who are tortured for "research" and subjected to the UW's history of abuse and neglect. The UW is considered a leader in scientific research, so it should be dedicated to pushing advancements in research technology rather than expanding its reliance on outdated and unethical animal research methods that produce inaccurate results.
The Board of Regents previously pulled approval of the animal research facility because the estimated cost became too expensive (rising from $83 million to $123 million). If the Board of Regents now decides to approve this new animal research facility, it will cost much more than whatever the revised estimation is; it will also cost the university in support and reputation, and it will cost the lives of countless innocent animals.
The University of Washington is a leader in research, and it is time for the university to move away from unethical animal research and develop truly innovative methods. This university has a history of citations from the USDA for neglectful and improper animal care, and not a single animal—whether a primate, cat, or mouse—should ever be forced to suffer and die at the UW.
We are asking the Board of Regents to make the intelligent and ethical decision--on behalf of the UW and Seattle communities and for all animals used in vivisection--and to not approve plans for the expansion of animal research at the University of Washington, now or ever.