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Letter of Complaint to USDA - 9 Apr 2012


April 9, 2012


1081-B St. Rt. 28 #280
Milford, Ohio 45150


Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer 4/9/12
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606

Dr. Goldentyer,

I am writing to you today to file an Official Complaint against the Children’s Hospital facility of
Philadelphia, PA (23-R-0033). This facility recently killed several animals through negligence and I officially request that additional citations be issued against this facility and that the maximum fine allowable under the law be levied.

As you know, a USDA inspection report dated 1-30-12; several lambs were killed at this facility due to improper feeding. This lab is cited under section 3.129 feeding; however, this is clearly not the only section of the code violated. At the very least this facility should also be cited under 2.32 Personnel Qualifications, and potentially 2.33 Attending Veterinarian and Adequate Veterinary Care, etc. It is vitally important that this facility also be cited for all other relevant violations, especially for Unqualified Personnel, because clearly if the staff of this lab were qualified and/or adequately trained, this incident would not have happened.

I know that your office considers major violations of the Animal Welfare Act to be very serious in nature, especially when these violations take the lives of animals. The treatment of animals at this facility illustrates attitudes of carelessness and negligence that must be punished so that meaningful changes can be made. Therefore, I also insist that you take the most severe action allowable under the Animal Welfare Act and immediately begin the process of issuing a fine against Bristol Myers Squibb at the completion of your investigation.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future about the fate of this facility.


Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

Attachments: 1-30-12 Children’s Hospital Inspection Report

Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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