World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week
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Animal rights group says university flawed in treatment of lab animals
IOWA CITY, Iowa Animal rights activists are targeting the welfare of research animals at the University of Iowa labs, saying there's documented flaws in their standard of treatment.
The university has asserted that it fully safeguards the animals' welfare.
But that's not the case, argues Leana Stormont, who is using an investigation conducted by Stop Animal Exploitation Now! to draw attention to animal welfare practices at the school. She serves as the Midwest representative for the group.
Stormont says monkeys and lab rodents have been mistreated, and that pigs were inappropriately operated on.
She says the National Institutes of Health informed a university committee last year that it had been tardy in conducting facility inspections and program reviews.
Steve Maravetz is director of Health Science Relations at the university.
He says the school is proud of its record on the treatment of lab animals, and that it complies with strict federal guidelines and adheres to the highest ethical standards.
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