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Letter to Univ. of Nevada, Reno, Requesting an Inspection of Animals in their Facilities

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
1081-B St. Rt. 28 PMB 280
Milford, Ohio 45150

3 May 2007

Milton Glick, President
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557

Mr. Glick,

I am contacting you today regarding animal research conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). As you know, the USDA/APHIS/AC is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act in the United States, and this responsibility includes animal laboratories. The USDA publishes the results of their efforts every year. During the last five years violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by laboratories have increased by 90%. Clearly, the USDA is not doing their job and protecting animals adequately.

The facility that you represent, UNR, uses a significant number of animals in experimentation (as of 2005 approximately 800 regulated animals) including over 70 dogs and more than 300 sheep. I am very concerned for the safety and well-being of these animals based on the fact that the federal agency which is charged with their protection is clearly not performing adequately. I am also very concerned based on UNR’s recent record which includes a very high number of violations of the AWA. Therefore, I would like to request the opportunity to inspect your facility to ascertain whether your laboratory has come up to federal standards for the treatment of animals in laboratories.

Additionally, in order that I can accurately assess the care of animals within UNR facilities, I would like to request, under the Public Writings Act of the State of Nevada (Nev. Rev. Stat. 239.010 et. seq.) copies of all necropsy reports for dogs and sheep which have died within UNR facilities within the last two years. Also requested are copies of all written correspondence between UNR and USDA/APHIS/AC for the same period. Also, requested are copies of all visual records relevant to animal experimentation for UNR for the same period. These records will include, but are not limited to photos, dvds, videos, etc.

The requester is prepared to pay for duplication costs up to an initial amount of $200. If the fees will exceed this amount provide me with a detailed estimation of the fee in advance before performing said work.

The requester asserts that all records requested above are public records as defined by the laws of Nevada. Should you come to an opposite decision, please segregate all claimed exempt portions, provide access to the remaining information and provide me with specific reference to the exemptions of the law(s) or any other provision that prohibits said disclosure that you believe to apply.

The requester, further, requests a response to this request within 5 business of the receipt of this request

With Respect For All Life,

Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

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