Among the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act is that research facilities establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The committee is responsible for reviewing animal experiments. Committee members are supposed to ask questions such as: Is the use of animals necessary? Were non-animal alternatives considered? In reality, IACUC members rarely object to experiments or procedures.
At least twice per year, the committee is supposed to inspect the facility to ensure that animals’ living conditions are OK and that staff is well-trained. Reports from IACUC inspections at Primate Products’ facility in Immokalee over and over again note how filthy the place is, how live roaches are found in feed containers, expired drugs, and many other problems.
The Animal Welfare Act requires that at least one member of the committee “not be affiliated in any way” with the research facility. This person is supposed to “provide representation for general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals.” At Primate Products, this outside person is Janice Groves.
Janice is a business analyst who has spent many years helping businesses and nonprofits in south central Florida. She currently works in the LaBelle office of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center.
Janice is the community’s representative– she is YOUR representative– inside Primate Products. Please contact Janice and ask her to reconsider her association with Primate Products. Let her know that working with Primate Products tarnishes her good name.
Janice E. Groves
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (239) 860-8592 or (863) 675-0993