S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
Breaking the Law:
Animal Care in U.S. Labs
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
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
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
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Violations of the Animal Welfare Act
at 25 U.S. Laboratories
Breaking the Law: Animal
Care in U.S. Labs
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