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Animal-rights group says MSU, U-M mistreat subjects

BY PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI and SUZETTE HACKNEY FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS April 22, 2008

An Ohio-based animal rights group stopped Monday in Detroit to protest the treatment of research animals at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now highlighted instances of the universities being cited, including a September 2007 incident for which MSU received an official warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to provide adequate shelter for animals.

Sixty-six minks, which were fine when checked by a worker at the start of the day in question, died from exposure to extremely hot weather.

SAEN also objected to U-M's treatment of primates in drug and alcohol addiction research, and contended that those used in experiments showed self-destructive behavior.

Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN, said universities are more preoccupied with getting grant money than caring for the animals.

"We believe that laboratories are being deliberately dishonest about the kind of pain and mistreatment that animals are experiencing," Budkie said, adding that he is pushing for federal legislation that would impose heftier fines for violations.

Marc Breedlove, chairman of MSU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, contends they must be used "if you want any more breakthroughs." Researchers use alternatives when possible, he said. "But for the most part, animals are necessary."

Find more information: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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