Please levy a maximum fine against the University of Missouri, Columbia, for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when they failed to provide adequate enclosures - leading to the deaths of a puppy and a pig. Negligence at this facility also led to the performance of unapproved surgical procedures. This must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The time is NOW to send a clear message with stiff penalties to these negligent facilities that these behaviors will NOT be tolerated!
Animal rights group files complaint,
seeks fine against MU
By ABC 17 News Staff, ABC17News.com, May 26, 2916
A second animal rights group is taking issue with alleged animal rights violations at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) announced it made an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the university, claiming a puppy and pig were negligently killed at MU labs. The release also said federal reports suggest illegal surgical procedures took place that violated the Animal Welfare Act.
SAEN is seeking a federal investigation against MU and the maximum fine allowable under the Animal Welfare Act: $10,000 per infraction/animal.
The university responded to the release today with a statement of its own: "When these incidents happened, we immediately took corrective action and self-reported both events to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, which is the federal office overseeing animal laboratory care. They responded and agreed with our assessment along with the corrective actions that we had taken; they told us no further action was necessary. The care and welfare of the animals that we use in research is very important to us as these animals are helping us make discoveries that can benefit both animal and human health. "
This is the second time this month that an animal rights group has filed a complaint against MU. Earlier this month, the Beagle Freedom Project sued the university, claiming it violated the state's Sunshine Law.
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