Animal activists target WSU again
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Washington State University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act revealed in recent information where their negligence killed a dog, six bighorn sheep, denied pain relief to bears, denied water to calves, and caused broken legs in rabbits. Previous information revealed that WSU negligence killed bears and sheep. Their negligence MUST NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Animal activists target WSU again
By Eric Barker, ImTribune.com, July 16, 2016

Group files third complaint alleging university is mistreating the research animals in its care

An animal rights group with Washington State University in its sights filed a third complaint against the school this week alleging violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now alleges incidents involving grizzly bears, calves, pigs, bighorn sheep and a dog illustrate widespread problems associated with the care of the university's research animals.

"The newest set of WSU documents obtained by SAEN clearly demonstrate systemwide problems," he said. "We have now verified unnecessary deaths and/or injuries to bears, bighorn sheep, dogs, rabbits and calves, among other animals. It would be quicker to discuss the few things that WSU has done without breaking the law ... if we could find any."

The incidents include a dog acquired from an area shelter that died of parvo virus after allegedly not receiving veterinary care; six bighorn sheep that died following an experiment; the use of culvert traps to house hibernating grizzly bears; and biopsies and other procedures performed on bears without anesthesia.

Budkie obtained reports from the WSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Nina Woodford, interim director of the Office of the Campus Veterinarian, noted each of the incidents from which the group made its complaint was self-reported by the university.

"They were investigated and when needed the processes and protocols were improved," she said. "Animal welfare is the primary concern of (the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) and the (Office of Campus Veterinarian). This is research and we can't always predict the outcome. We do study animals to save animals and to benefit human health. We do have to balance the care and well-being of our animals with their contribution to research."

Phyllis Erdman, chairwoman of the committee, said the school is "always saddened by the injury or death of any animal," but also said her committee exists to make sure those are rare.

"We feel like the process (the committee) has in place is working very efficiently and any issues that come forth have been reported and they have been addressed," she said. "We continue to monitor that, and research integrity is our No. 1 priority at WSU."

Woodward and Erdman declined to go into detail about the incidents raised by Budkie.
The group filed two complaints against the university in June. One involved the deaths of two grizzly bears in 2010 and bighorn sheep being given medication at 50 times the approved dosage for three consecutive days. The second complaint questioned the quality of monitoring and veterinary care bears receive, and the school's use of euthanasia to control the bear population.

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