University of California, San Francisco

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is an American university specializing in the fields of biomedical research, life sciences, the health professions and complex patient care. UCSF also houses the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education operated by Stanton Arnold Glantz, Ph.D., which now includes the British American Tobacco Documents Archive.

Animal testing

UCSF does animal testing.

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

For links to copies of this facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Facility Reports and Information: University of California, San Francisco, CA. [1]

USDA AWA reports

As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.

Animal cruelty & welfare violations

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has a long history of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations. In September of 2005, UCSF paid $92,500 in fines to the USDA for over 60 violations. They included surgery on a ewe and her fetus without anesthesia or analgesia and leaving monkeys and lambs unmonitored after surgery. Also, forcing marmoset monkeys to breed continuously while nursing infants, causing health problems and high mortality. Monkeys also endured water deprivation, a craniotomy without painkillers and the injection of brain destroying chemicals in at least one monkey.

USCF also performs invasive brain experiments on cats and songbirds. Professor Michael Stryker's "monocular deprivation" experiments on the brains of new born kittens by sewing their eyes shut so that their brains develop without visual stimulation. In some experiments, he implants chemical pumps with access ports into their heads to inject drugs. After varying periods of time, he reopens their eyes and cuts off the tops of their skulls. He then measures brain activity while the kittens are in front of television screens. These government-funded "deprivation studies" on cats have been going on since the 1970s. According to the findings: "cats brains do not develop normally when their eyes are sewn shut." [2]

See also ten worst laboratories & section 1 on facility information & progress reports.

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