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|Originally Posted: 19 March 2010|
Demand Investigation info Lack of Enforcement of Animal Welfare Act
Please contact the Secretary of Agriculture to demand an immediate investigation into the utterly inadequate enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.
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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has uncovered the negligent deaths of literally dozens of animals in 18 research facilities across the U.S. The most shocking part of these atrocities is that the Animal Care Division of the USDA has done virtually nothing about these totally unnecessary deaths.
By literally pouring through thousands of pages of government reports, SAEN’s investigation unearthed the deaths of over 64 animals within 18 registered research facilities spread across the United States. Dogs, cats, primates, pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and other animals suffered cruel deaths at the hands of careless research staff in these labs. The lurid details of these ghastly deaths are recounted elsewhere on our website (Negligence kills Primates across U.S. & USDA allows labs to literally get away with murder).
Horrible deaths by starvation, being boiled alive, exsanguination, asphyxiation, poisoning, botched surgeries, severe bacterial infections, temperature extremes, exposure to bleach solutions, lung hyperinflation, hit by car, and gunshot wounds were endured by these tragic victims.
The research facilities cited in these atrocities include: Colorado State University, Cornell Medical School (NY), Virginia Tech, University of Washington, Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), Stanford (CA), Joliet Junior College (IL), Dartmouth (NH), Lovelace Research Institute (NM), Charles River Labs (MA/NV), University of California (San Francisco & Santa Barbara), University of Wisconsin (Madison), Sewanee (TN), University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, Globe University (MN), and Vanderbilt (TN).
Despite these appalling, needless deaths, the negligent labs have skirted by unscathed by the USDA’s Animal Care Division (USDA/AC) – the very regulatory agency put in charge of overseeing these labs. To the best of our knowledge only one laboratory, Charles River Laboratories (CRL), has had any fines levied for the deaths of these innocent animals. Their recent paltry $4500 penalty is utterly insufficient for literally boiling a primate alive. We believe that the punishment needs to fit the severity of the crime otherwise this slap on the wrist is just considered part of the cost of doing business.
Additionally, we believe that immediate intervention should be invoked anytime a USDA inspector becomes aware of an animal suffering unjustifiably.
Therefore, we have contacted Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and we urgently ask that
you do the same. Our communication with Secretary Vilsack outlined the numerous incidents of neglect and abuse in laboratories involving the unnecessary deaths of over 64 animals in the last 21 months. Then, we demanded that Vilsack take action!
We stand firm on these three demands:
The public has a right to know about the enforcement penalties enacted against research facilities by the USDA/AC. Since the majority of animal experimentation revolves around public interest either through federal money funded by taxes or public consumption of tested products, it is imperative that the USDA insure that all fines, stipulations, official warnings, or other enforcement actions be a matter of public record. Therefore, we are requesting that all documents regarding enforcement actions taken against research facilities be posted on the USDA’s website for public scrutiny.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!