Watchdog Breaks Government Blackout – LA Zoo Kills Monkeys and Koala, NY Research Breeder Kills Dogs, Camel Bites 3-Year Old at WI Zoo, MO Lab Kills Puppy and Boar, HI Lab Uses Gun for Euthanasia , MO Breeder Abuses Dogs
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

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The Greanville Post
March 2017

A nonprofit national research watchdog group – accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Trump Administration of intentionally withholding from the public documents damaging to animal abusing industries – announced today it is stepping in to release many of those censored documents in the place of the malfeasant government agency.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – A nonprofit national research watchdog group – accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Trump Administration of intentionally withholding from the public documents damaging to animal abusing industries – announced today it is stepping in to release many of those censored documents in the place of the malfeasant government agency.

Ohio-based SAEN, which has monitored the nation’s research facilities for decades, said its goal is to counter the USDA information blackout by launching a new section on its website entitled: USDA Enforcement Actions, which contains all regulatory actions taken against the biomedical research industry during 2015 & 2016.

This page [USDA Enforcement Actions] contains multiple files of enforcement actions very recently obtained by SAEN via Freedom of Information Act. These enforcement actions include research laboratories, zoos, animal breeders, among others.

For instance, recent SAEN reports reveal the Los Angeles Zoo was fined $22,850 for violations connected to the deaths or disappearances of two cotton-top tamarin monkeys, a koala and a pregnant takin (gnu) and her unborn baby. A Racine (WI) zoo was fined $1,000 for an incident in which a camel bit a three year old child. A NY research dog & cat breeder was fined $5250 for improperly transporting dogs, negligently killing two of the canines. These specific enforcement action documents are posted at USDA Enforcement Actions-2.

SAEN’s information also documents that University of Missouri, Columbia, received an Official USDA Warning for the negligent deaths of two animals. The University of Hawaii received an Official Warning for denying veterinary help to an animal, and then using a gun to ends its life. A Missouri dog breeder received an Official Warning for abusing dogs.

Those were just recent examples. SAEN noted 2016 was a banner year for enforcement actions against the biomedical research industry – the USDA levied eight federal fines, totaling more than $3.7 million. The agency also issued 16 Official Warnings. That made 2016 the worst year the industry has ever had in terms of not complying with federal laws.

“It is no coincidence that documents that are potentially most-damaging to the animal abusing industries have still not been returned to public access by the USDA,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN co-founder. “Apparently it is up to advocacy groups to keep both industry and the federal government honest.”

“SAEN intends to make sure that the public gets the truth. All of it,” added Budkie.


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