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Vanderbilt should be fined $30,000 by USDA animal abuse and related charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie 513-703-9865 (cell); (office) 513-575-5517

Attention: Daybook/News Desk

Vanderbilt should be fined $30,000 by USDA, research subject 'confiscated,' national research watchdog groups will charge at news conference

NASHVILLE - The United States Dept. of Agriculture should levy a $30,000 fine against Vanderbilt University for animal abuse and related charges - and confiscate a research animal that has been repeatedly abused, a national research watchdog organization will charge at a major news conference here Tuesday.

The news briefing will be held TUESDAY, at 10:15 a.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Green Hills (Belle Meade Room) 2324 Crestmoor Road.

Information about recent violations, SAEN's letter to the USDA demanding action, as well as internal Vanderbilt correspondence revealing a three-year history of abuse and negligence by University staff will be released at the Tuesday news conference.

SAEN will demand that because of the federal law violations, the USDA should levy the heavy fine, and a specific primate - who has been repeatedly abused by Vanderbilt researchers - be confiscated and placed in a private sanctuary immediately..

Incidents involving the abuse of "Primate #R571F" have been substantiated on two separate dates by USDA reports. According to government inspection reports, "Primate R571F" has been totally deprived of water and was also used in a surgical procedure without any anesthesia or pain relief of any kind, said SAEN.

"This primate has suffered enough due to the negligence and callousness of Vanderbilt research staff," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN's Executive Director. "If they can't even remember to give this primate water or use pain relievers during surgery then she should be put into the care of a private sanctuary that is capable of caring for her properly."

USDA reports obtained by SAEN also reveal that in January 2007, a rabbit was killed by being run through a cage washer at Vanderbilt. In May of 2007 three other research subjects were killed after improper handling.

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