UF Negligence Breaks back of Rabbit and Boils Rat pups in Sterilizer; Federal Citations Issued

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S. A. E. N.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 23, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517
Attn: News Desk

Wake Forest University Negligence Kills 21 Rabbits; USDA issues Federal Citations

GREENSBORO, NC – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of Wake Forest University (WFU), according to the national research watchdog group SAEN. WFU received seven federal citations in two successive inspections in May and June of this year.

During June of 2010 WFU received seven federal citations from the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The violations involved inadequate supervision of experimentation by WFU’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) and unqualified personnel.

One episode centered around the unapproved administration of a drug to 46 rabbits, 21 died.
WFU was also cited for unqualified personnel “One researcher exhibited a clear lack of experience and knowledge in animal treatment.”

“Negligence at WFU killed 21 animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility should face serious consequences for the deaths of these animals, but the USDA is literally allowing them to get away with murder,” he said.

“It is clear that the WFU officials who are responsible for supervising animal research are not doing their jobs,” said Budkie. “What else is going on at WFU that we don’t know about?”

According to SAEN the WFU incidents are the latest part of a national pattern of negligent animal deaths in laboratories. Thirty-three labs have now killed over 125 animals within the last 1 - 2 years.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.

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See Also:
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
USDA Inspection Report - 15 Jun 2010

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