USDA fines OU for federal violations
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Thank you for levying a $19,143 fine against the University of Oklahoma. However, serious federal violations at this facility have continued. So, please LEVY another Fine against University of Oklahoma for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence killed a dog and 5 guinea pigs. This repeat offender's behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

 

USDA fines OU for federal violations

By NormanTranscript.com, January 21, 2016

Documents obtained Thursday reveal that the USDA has issued a $19,143 fine against the University of Oklahoma for multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act which occurred in 2014 through early 2015. The animal advocacy group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now has been investigating OU's handling of research animals and has expressed concern about the fate of hundreds of baboons still at the El Reno facility.

The current information is based a letter written by the US Department of Agriculture in November and posted to the group's federal website. The violations cited by the US Department of Agriculture include inadequate veterinary care, failure to follow research protocols, failure to administer pain relief in connection to surgical procedures, failure to observe animals adequately, etc.

The incidents listed in the fine center around the hosing down of baby baboons, guinea pigs who bled to death, failure to monitor baboons during surgical procedures and failure to provide environmental enhancement to a psychologically stressed primate.

"This fine signals that the USDA is taking OU's federal violations very seriously and will not allow continued illegal activity by OU research staff to go unpunished," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. "I expect that this may well be the first of several federal fines against OU."
SAEN, a nonprofit organization that monitors U.S. research facilities, said correspondence it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act provided specifics of several more recent alleged violations which killed a dog and 5 guinea pigs. The non-compliances listed in the current federal fine pre-date incidents recently discovered by SAEN.

OU correspondence obtained by SAEN revealed 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 and more. Three additional guinea pig deaths and other violations were later discovered by OU administration.

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.

"The incidents disclosed in the USDA fine, when taken together with more recent information, prove that OU's entire animal research program is damaged beyond repair," added Budkie.

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