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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
Breaking the Law II, Animal Care in U.S. Labs: Government Sanctioned Negligence
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
Actions and Recommendations
SAEN will take several actions as a result of the information in
1. The USDA will be contacted and immediate enforcement actions
will be requested against Harvard (both labs), Boehringer Ingelheim,
Covance (both labs), the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Emory,
the Southern Research Institute, and other labs.
2. The Office of the Inspector General will be contacted to request
a follow-up investigation of the Eastern Regional Office of the USDA
and the non-enforcement of the AWA by this entity.
3. The FDA will be contacted regarding potentially compromised drug
tests at Charles River, Boehringer Ingelheim and both Covance
Recommendations for the alleviation of the current situation
within US labs:
1. Replace the supervisory staff of the Eastern Regional Office of
the USDA. Apparently these officials lack interest in law enforcement.
2. Development of automatic penalties for infractions that take the
life of an animal or seriously compromise the welfare of an animalís
(i.e. actions that deprive animals of food, water, etc.)
3. The authority of the USDA to fine labs must be increased. OIG
audits have stated that research facilities consider the level of
fines routinely levied by the USDA part of the cost of doing business.
These fines should be made substantial enough to be true incentives to
follow regulations. Tripling the current level of penalties should be
4. Automatic suspension of federal funding to any laboratory with
more than 9 AWA violations within a year should become an added
penalty for non-compliance.
Go on to
Appendix A USDA/APHIS/OIG Audit Summary
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