Animal rights group wants IU to reimburse NIH
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Dr. Jay L. Hess, Dean,
Indiana University School of Medicine
email: [email protected] 

Dean Hess,

Indiana University School of Medicine negligence has killed over 116 animals due to starvation/dehydration, drowning, suffocation, botched medical procedures, etc. In addition to these deaths, there were multiple incidents in which animals were denied adequate pain relief. euthanized improperly using cervical dislocation without anesthesia, severely dehydrated, etc. This carelessness must not be tolerated. You must launch an internal investigation of all Indiana University School of Medicine animal experimentation and terminate all responsible lab staff.

Animal rights group wants IU to reimburse NIH
By Michael Reschke,, May 21, 2018

An animal rights group has added reimbursement to a list of demands related to reports of noncompliance that led to the deaths of more than 100 rats and mice at Indiana University laboratories.

The Ohio-based group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, or SAEN, issued a statement Monday calling on IU to return $1.5 million to the National Institutes of Health. It cites a letter IU sent to the federal agency in July 2017 reporting protocol violations for a project that included cervical dislocation without anesthesia as a primary means of euthanasia and surgery conducted without aseptic techniques.

This is the second statement SAEN has issued in as many weeks related to noncompliance reports IU sent to the National Institutes of Health. Last week, SAEN called for an independent investigation and the firing of staff found to be responsible for the animal deaths. The group says the 17 noncompliance reports filed by the Indiana University School of Medicine regarding the treatment of laboratory animals show a pattern of negligence.

IU responded last week with a statement saying all incidents were self-reported and that the university is in full compliance with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. An IU spokesman on Monday provided a letter from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare acknowledging corrective action the university took regarding the July 2017 noncompliance letter. Corrective action included suspending project protocol, requiring the principal investigator and staff to go through training and having veterinary staff observe subsequent surgeries.

"Based on the information provided, OLAW is satisfied that appropriate actions have been taken to investigate, correct and prevent recurrence on the noncompliance," the letter read.

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