USDA Fines Vanderbilt in 6 Animal Deaths; Lab Continues to break law

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517
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USDA Fines Vanderbilt in 6 Animal Deaths; Lab Continues to break law

NASHVILLE, TN – Recently obtained federal documents reveal that Vanderbilt University has been fined by the USDA for major violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which led to the deaths of several animals.

In a July 15, 2010, settlement agreement Vanderbilt agreed to pay a fine of $8,156 to the USDA for incidents which had killed an infant Galago monkey and five hamsters. According to the settlement agreement, the infant Galago was “found dead in the washing machine after the nesting boxes had been washed.” The settlement also states that five hamsters were killed when unapproved chemicals were administered.

“Negligence at Vanderbilt took the life of an infant galago and five hamsters and caused unnecessary suffering to other animals,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility should face serious consequences, but the USDA is allowing them to literally get away with murder by issuing such a small fine,” he said.

“If Vanderbilt staff can’t even clean nesting boxes without killing animals, then something is seriously wrong. How can any of the research results from this facility be given any credence whatsoever,” said Budkie.

Recent USDA inspection reports show that Vanderbilt had continued to violate the law following the incidents which were the basis of the fine. A January, 2010 USDA, inspection repeatedly cites Vanderbilt for inadequate supervision of animal experimentation and inadequate veterinary care. Several of the violations center around an experiment in which rabbits hearts are cut out while the animal is purposely allowed to bleed to death.

A report from 2009 cites Vanderbilt for an incident in which a dog with an incision from abdominal surgery was picked up by the skin of the back for transfer into a cage.

“Clearly the USDA’s enforcement actions have had no effect on the ongoing animal abuse at Vanderbilt,” added Budkie. “They’re throwing dogs around as though they were pieces of luggage.”

The USDA settlement documents and inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.

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