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Breaking the Law:
Animal Care in U.S. Labs
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
513-575-5517 saen@saenonline.org  

Scope & Methodology

This report will examine information from twenty-five research facilities spread across the United States to elucidate their adherence to the Animal Welfare Act as it is enforced by the USDA/APHIS. These facilities include both large and small universities/colleges as well as private laboratories. The number of regulated animals used by these labs in one year ranges from 40 19,106. The laboratories which will be examined reside in thirteen states and Puerto Rico. Federally owned laboratories will not be examined because these labs are not inspected by the USDA/APHIS.

The information used to examine this adherence will be USDA/APHIS inspection reports for these facilities over a three year period. The three year period will be contained within the five year span from 1999 2003. The exact period will vary, but will always cover three calendar years.

The inspection reports will be examined for violations, and the violations will be categorized and totaled. Each facility will then be ranked by the number and severity of the violations discovered. Special attention will be given to repeat violations and direct violations (those which directly affect an animal). Several of the labs discussed in this report will be given close scrutiny because they have been the subject of enforcement actions by the USDA/PHIS. These enforcement actions will be evaluated for effectiveness. In other words, did the actions taken by the USDA/APHIS bring the recalcitrant facility into compliance with the AWA?

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