Lawsuit Against University of WI to Produce Research Records on Monkeys
Animal Legal Defense Fund v Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin
The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued to compel the University of Wisconsin-Madison to disclose public records concerning taxpayer-funded experiments on newborn monkeys.
Reversed on appeal
Research documents were produced
In 2014, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced plans to conduct a series of extremely cruel experiments on newborn monkeys. The taxpayer-funded research involved removing 20 rhesus macaques from their mothers on their first day of life. The monkeys were to be kept in barren incubator boxes, with only a stuffed “surrogate” and bottle for comfort, before being moved into a cage with one other monkey companion.
The baby monkeys would undergo intentional terror and anxiety-inducing experiences and invasive tests and scans throughout this time. They would then be killed by their second birthdays.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed public records requests, asking the university to release the full records of federally mandated animal-welfare committee meetings. It was during these meetings that the controversial research was approved.
When the university denied these requests, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in state court. The lawsuit argued that the university illegally ignored its obligations under Wisconsin’s open records law.
The trial court granted summary judgment to the university, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund appealed. In an important victory for government transparency and for animals, in 2017 the Wisconsin 4th District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision and ruled the University of Wisconsin-Madison must disclose the public records.
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