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Letter to President Michael J. Garanzini of Loyola University Chicago


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7/20/08

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Office of the President
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

President Garanzini,

I am contacting you today regarding very disturbing information which has recently come into my possession. This information is in the form of reports from 3 consecutive inspections of Loyola laboratories by the United States Department of Agriculture. These reports reveal 22 separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act within a period of less than two years. I find this large accumulation of violations to be outrageous. As a graduate of another Jesuit facility, Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio, I am deeply saddened and disappointed that Loyola has such a clear disregard for animals and federal law.

The nature of these violations is also very distressing. Inadequate monitoring of several dogs after surgical procedures led to their deaths. One rabbit died after a botched bone marrow procedure which broke the rabbit’s leg, and took his/her life the next day. Other rabbits died of serious bacterial infections which may also have been the result of negligence.

It is clear that a very serious situation exists at Loyola University, and that this situation has already unnecessarily taken the lives of a significant number of animals. It is clear that the research conducted at Loyola is not effectively supervised. In fact, the supervisory body, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, is itself responsible for 18 of the 22 violations.

I believe it is necessary that the labs at Loyola be inspected by an independent authority other than the USDA. Therefore I request that I be given the opportunity to inspect all Loyola University laboratories and that all local news media be allowed to accompany me on this tour. This tour would give Loyola the opportunity to demonstrate an attitude of openness and a willingness to rectify the major problems that clearly exist.

I will look forward to your response within five business days.


With Respect For All Life,

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

See also : Loyola University, Maywood, IL

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