Contact USDA to DEMAND MAX FINE against UI
Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against University of Iowa for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when inadequately trained staff and their improper use of equipment during a procedure led to the death of a pig. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
UI cited after death of animal research subject
By Jeff Charis-Carlson, Press-Citizen.com, October 8, 2015
The University of Iowa has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a violation of the Animal Welfare Act after an animal research subject was euthanized because staff improperly used anesthesia equipment, according to a national research watchdog group.
The organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now, which monitors the nation's research facilities, has called for additional citations and a large fine in a letter to the USDA.
UI was cited in a Sept. 9 inspection report by USDA after the death of a pig under anesthesia when employees failed to use equipment correctly, the watchdog group said in a news release. It was found that the employees were not adequately trained.
"The University of Iowa is committed to complying with all rules and regulations governing the care and use of animals in research," UI spokesman Tom Moore said in an emailed statement. "The university acted promptly to correct the issue reported."
Stop Animal Exploitation Now is seeking additional citations for inadequate veterinary care and the failure of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to provide the guidance required to prevent adverse effects on animals, according to the news release.
The organization also called for the maximum possible fine for the death of the pig, up to $10,000 per infraction.
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