The Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT) animal research facility has too long a history of alleged and actual Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, resulting in needless additional pain for animals already suffering in labs. Tell U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to revoke Santa Cruz Biotechnology's license for its unacceptable and inhumane practices, and to impose the maximum fine.
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Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
The Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT) animal research facility has too long a history of alleged and actual Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, resulting in needless additional pain for animals already suffering in labs. A year ago NEAVS, and others, called on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, to revoke the labís license. But business continued as usual.
Now we have another chance to make our voices heard and to help these animals. SCBT has a court hearing July 14 for a 2012 USDA complaint about multiple alleged violations over several years, including not providing veterinary care to sick and injured animals. When questioned by USDA inspectors, it has even denied having hundreds of goats in one of its separate facilities.
Infrequent small fines and mere slaps on the wrist are not enough for facilities in violation of the minimum standards of animal care required under the AWA. Labs such as SCBT apparently consider such meager consequences of their non-compliance as the price of doing business. Instead, serious fines and consequences would serve as call to action to do better! The USDA must send a strong message to those who continue to profit in spite of the avoidable animal suffering and death they cause. The standards for animal care and well-being defined by the AWA are in themselves not enough, but they offer at least some level of minimal protection.
Lack of serious action by the USDA against violators of the AWA means many in the animal research industry do not take laws and animal welfare seriously. Please, let the USDA know companies that abuse and neglect animals should not be licensed, and that the public is counting on it to do right by its mandate and protect animals.
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