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Squalor in the Laboratories
An Audit of Animal Welfare Act Compliance by U.S. Research Facilities; With Detailed Examinations of Fifteen Nationally Known Labs
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
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University of Pittsburgh

USDA documents from an inspection dated 9/3/02 discuss IACUC violations regarding a rabbit protocol. This protocol allows 24-hour restraint for rabbits for a period of 30 consecutive days while the rabbits undergo continuous motion on a hind leg.

There were several instances of sanitation violations. Also, there was a violation regarding environmental enhancement for primates. The report discusses seven primates who are individually housed, and one specific primate who was exhibiting stereotypical behavior.

On 11/26/02 the University of Pittsburgh was cited for another IACUC violation wherein a research protocol continued past the approved date. On 12/9/02 the university was again cited for cleaning and sanitation problems in the surgery area. This lab was again cited for sanitation problems on 1/7/03.

On 1/22/03 the University of Pittsburgh Plumborough Primate facility was cited for the use of expired drugs, inadequate care of primates recovering from anesthesia, inadequate storage of primate food, and unnecessary isolation of primates. On 3/4/03 this same facility was again cited for the use of expired drugs. Inadequate (too small) primary enclosures for primates was another violation on this date.

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