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Watchdog group uncovers another OU experiment with fatalities
By NormanTranscript.com, January 19, 2016
The University of Oklahoma, which has already been cited by federal regulators for a dog electrocution and abusing baby baboons, and which has recently been the target of a complaint for the death of another dog, is now the target of yet another complaint for a suspended experiment which negligently killed five guinea pigs, according to a national research watchdog group.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a nonprofit organization that monitors the nation's research institutions for wrongdoing, said correspondence it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act provided specifics of the misguided project.
"The University of Oklahoma has demonstrated an almost unparalleled ability to violate federal regulations and policies resulting in a death toll which includes dogs, baboons, and now guinea pigs," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN executive director. "The long-term pattern of violations, non-compliances, and negligent fatalities raises serious doubts about every single OU animal experiment."
According to the OU correspondence, only two guinea pig deaths were originally reported to OU administration with details that revealed participation in the experiment by unapproved personnel, use of unapproved drugs, unapproved animal housing, unapproved methods used for administration of the test substance, etc.
The initially reported deaths were attributed to use of the unapproved method of aerosol administration of the test substance. The research staff also failed to monitor the surgical anesthesia of the guinea pigs during the procedure as required by the protocol. The cause of death for the two initially reported animals was "severe bronchospasm" which may have been a result of the unapproved method of administration.
As the OUHSC administration investigated the incidents further, additional animal deaths were discovered, bringing the total to 5 deaths out of 8 animals used. Also, the test substance administered differed from the approved test substance. It was also discovered that the research staff failed to use sterile technique, and that perioperative monitoring for all eight animals was faulty.
Previously obtained OU correspondence had revealed the horrific details of a negligent dog death in a conversation between the University of Oklahoma and the National Institutes of Health.
In the latest Official Complaint filed with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, SAEN has again called for the maximum penalty, which is $10,000 per infraction/per animal.
All federal reports are available upon request.
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