Complaint targets U of Pittsburgh for Federal Violations including Animal Deaths, Escapes, Researcher Misconduct, and Human injury; Group seeks $80,000 Fine

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From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"



Thank you!

Please contact the USDA to insist on a major fine for the University of Pittsburgh for the negligence which killed several rabbits, allowed primates to escape, etc.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)

Complaint targets U of Pittsburgh for Federal Violations including Animal Deaths, Escapes, Researcher Misconduct, and Human injury; Group seeks $80,000 Fine

PITTSBURGH, PA  –  A National Research Watchdog Group is releasing sensitive federal records that reveal shocking animal deaths, injuries, escapes, a human injury, and researcher misconduct at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The University of Pittsburgh lab should be heavily fined - $80,000, said SAEN, a national research watchdog organization, which uncovered the deaths & negligence, has filed a federal complaint with the USDA, which oversees research laboratories.

According to federal reports obtained through FOIA by SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) there have been multiple incidents at the University of Pittsburgh which potentially violated the Animal Welfare Act in the last several years.

The incidents include:

  • Use of confiscated primates in experimentation by University of Pittsburgh staff.
  • Unapproved primate use by a graduate student resulting in a serious bite injury.
  • A rabbit exsanguination death in an unapproved and therefore illegal procedure.
  •  A rabbit escaped from a cage sustaining a serious head injury which required euthanasia.
  • Multiple incidents of primate escapes.

SAEN has called for a USDA investigation, citations for improper animal handling, failure to follow experimental protocol, improper enclosures, inadequate veterinary care, and unqualified personnel.  Collectively these infractions could result in a fine in excess of $80,000.
 
“The University of Pittsburgh has demonstrated a clear pattern of incompetence that has killed multiple animals and potentially caused severe suffering to others," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "This incompetent lab deserves the maximum penalty allowable under the law."
 
The USDA report and SAEN's Official Complaints are available upon request from SAEN.

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