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$123M Wasted on Underground Animal Testing Lab for ‘Better Conditions for Animals’

University of Washington Approves $123M Underground Animal Testing Lab for 'Better Conditions for Animals'

Proponents of animal testing just can’t seem to get the big picture. Public interest is becoming more aware of how lab animals are treated, and the advances in humane alternatives that exist. Yet, despite all this, the regents at University of Washington recently approved a new $123 million dollar animal research facility without discussion, according to KUOW.

At this point in our history, there is nothing new and exciting about expanding an animal research facility. If a university really wanted to get noticed, to be on the cutting edge of medical science, they would invest in future technology that has potential to be more accurate, like stem cells, 3D printing, and other human analogs.

KUOW reports that the lab will be underground to avoid blocking views of Portage Bay. It’s not a huge leap to also speculate that having an underground research facility conveys some sort of shame for what is taking place inside.

The Seattle Times reports the following grim additions that will take place in the new facility:

  • Space for an additional 280 monkeys (they currently have 650)
  • Increase the number of rodents 10 – 20 percent
  • Nearly double the current number of pigs

Orin Smith, the UW Board of Regents Chair, said to KUOW that “he hopes the UW will have more alternatives to animal research in the future.” Perhaps he could have helped that goal by providing $123 million to fund animal testing alternatives, instead of an underground animal research facility.

Image Source: Ed Schipul/Flickr

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79 comments on “$123M Wasted on Underground Animal Testing Lab for ‘Better Conditions for Animals’”

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Kathryn Bulver
4 Years Ago

My heart aches for the poor monkey in th ephoto, and all others like him. Scientists who do this kind of thig must have such a hardened heart. How can they not.

Kelly J Good Clark
4 Years Ago

I appreciate how social media is increasing the knowledge on animal abuse. Neither the right or left media give a damn.

Kat Espinosa
4 Years Ago

Sick greedy people

Saundy Baiotto
4 Years Ago

This is disgusting!

Gabriele Hawthorne
4 Years Ago

How can we stop this why can't this people not learn and stop this what will it take

Cheeba McCheebs
4 Years Ago

what the fuck is wrong with people nowadays? I feel like I don't belong to this time......

Debbie Morgan
4 Years Ago

How can testing on humans that have killed murdered raped some one be the same as resting on defensles inosent animals are u insain these people deserve to be punished by painful death so testing on tgem is def up there

Chrissie Kilford-Hanslip
4 Years Ago

So much shame in this world.

Theresa Penrose
4 Years Ago

they just don't wanna admit their are alternatives.

Michelle Peacock
4 Years Ago

Animal testing is about human greed for money, nothing more. Animal testing alternatives are available but they cost more money than these companies will spend. Since there is no public outcry to end the use of animals, the cruelty never ends.


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