USDA cites U of Houston for rabbit death & Monkey water deprivation; Watchdog Group files Complaint & Calls for Federal Fine

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Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the University of Houston for the death of a rabbit and for withholding information from the USDA regarding depriving primates of water.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/A 2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 13, 2013
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

USDA cites U of Houston for rabbit death & Monkey water deprivation; Watchdog Group files Complaint & Calls for Federal Fine

HOUSTON, TX  – A federal inspector has cited the University of Houston for the negligent death of a rabbit and for depriving primates of water.  SAEN, a National Research Watchdog organization, has filed a federal complaint against the University of Houston and is calling for a substantial federal fine as high as $30,000.
 
The USDA issued citations against the University of Houston during a November 2013 inspection.  This inspection cited the lab for inadequate monitoring of a rabbit during a surgical procedure which led to the animals' death.  Another USDA citation was issued because the lab had withheld information from the USDA about experiments which deprive monkeys of access to water.
 
SAEN has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA's Western Regional Office, insisting on an additional citation for inadequate veterinary care and a federal fine which could be as high as $10,000 per infraction, potentially totaling $30,000.
 
“We believe that staff of the University of Houston is clearly incompetent and has caused an unnecessary animal death and is deserving of a severe penalty,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN."
 
The USDA report and SAEN's Official Complaints are available upon request from SAEN.

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