FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 17, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865
Watchdog Claims UT Southwestern President "ignoring" Research Negligence; 28 Animals drowned, 42 Live Animals in Trash or Freezer
DALLAS, TX – A National Research Watchdog group, SAEN (Stop Animal
Exploitation NOW), has contacted UT Southwestern President, Dr. Daniel K.
Podolsky, calling for an independent investigation of a "ongoing pattern of
unchecked negligence and carelessness."
However, a response from President Podolsky virtually ignores documented research negligence at UT Southwestern. Medical Center correspondence discloses the deaths of 28 animals due to drowning, as well as multiple incidents wherein 42 live animals were discovered either in the trash or in carcass freezers, use of moldy feed, non-sterile surgeries, falsification of records, etc.
Even so, SAEN's 2/13/17 letter highlighted only a fraction (14) of the overall (26) non-compliances at UT Southwestern in a period of 19 months.
"UT Southwestern research negligence has the potential to waste over $80,000,000 in federal funding," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Co-Founder SAEN. "Why are we trusting a lab with tens of millions in tax dollars when their staff apparently can't distinguish between a live animal and a dead one?"
After compiling the information from dozens of pages of documents detailing research non-compliance, SAEN contacted President Podolsky, calling for outside scrutiny of what it refers to as 'multiple situations of research negligence' only to receive what amounted to a form letter from President Podolsky in response.
"Apparently you live in a fantasy world wherein placing living animals in carcass freezers or the trash is considered ethical, responsible, and humane," Budkie stated in the latest correspondence with Podolsky.
In addition to calling for an independent investigation of animal abuse at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, SAEN has insisted that all individuals connected to any of the incidents of abuse be permanently barred from working with animals.
All reports and correspondence are available upon request from SAEN.
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