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National research watchdog demands inspection of 'criminal labs' at UNR and Charles River

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN
513-575-5517
513-703-9865 (cell)

Attention: Daybook/Assignment Desk

RENO, NV - The executive director of a national research watchdog organization has contacted University of Nevada, Reno President Milton Glick to asking to inspection UNR facilities. UNR health care records for research animals have also been requested.

A similar request has been sent to James Foster, President of Charles River Laboratories, which has a laboratory in Sparks, NV.

“Both UNR and Charles River have a history of major violations of federal regulations for animal research,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Since the USDA can’t seem to bring these criminal labs into line some one else needs to take action.”

A national report released this week by SAEN reveals that violations of federal laws by laboratories have risen more than 90 percent in the last five years.

"The federal government is virtually powerless to regulate criminal labs and facilities like UNR and Charles River know it," added Budkie. "Despite statements to the contrary, it is clear that these labs are much more concerned about the federal funding that animal experimentation generates than they are about following federal law," he said.

Recently obtained government reports reveal that Charles River facilities in Nevada and Massachusetts are involved in bioterrorism experiments involving both nerve gas and anthrax.

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