USDA issues warning over animal deaths
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USDA issues warning over animal deaths
From Columbia Daily Tribune, March 30, 2017

The University of Missouri was issued a warning in February that it must do more to keep animals safe but was not hit with the heavy fine an animal rights group sought for the death of a dachshund puppy and two boars.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection service issued the warning for violations found in a June inspection of MU animal research facilities. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, which made the complaint that led to the inspection, on Wednesday released a copy of the warning notice, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The June inspection found that the puppy and the boar died because their pens were not secure. The puppy was killed by an adult dachshund that came through a transfer door from an area adjacent to where a litter of recently weaned puppies was housed. One boar died of cardiac arrest when an aggressive boar knocked down its pen walls. The aggressive boar was killed by researchers.

The animal rights group had sought a $10,000 fine for each animal death. The organization is focused on exposing USDA documents about the treatment of animals in research and breeding facilities, which it says are kept from the public except through document requests.

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