Contact USDA to DEMAND MAX FINE against University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UI), for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence killed over 20 animals. Their behavior should 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 Deaths At U Of I Show ‘Pattern
Of Negligence’, Says Animal Rights Group
By Jeff Bossert, WILLRadio.TV.Online, October 13, 2016
An animal rights group says the University of Illinois has shown a pattern of negligence, after 22 animal deaths on the Urbana campus in just over a year.
According to Stop Animal Exploitation Now the animal fatalities included a pig that died due to improper food, and five others that were improperly euthanized, a lamb that died of a drug overdose, and two rabbits that died during a fibrosis study.
Meanwhile, a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation continues into the deaths of five cows on the campus in August 2015. The group’s Executive Director, Michael Budkie, says these incidents show the U of I is violating the Federal Animal Welfare act.
"Otherwise these animals would not be dying unexpectedly," said Budkie, "And they wouldn’t be reporting them internally as problems. And so that’s why we had filed a second complaint with the USDA calling for a larger investigation.”
USDA spokeswoman Tonya Espinosa did not say whether the agency was looking at incidents other than the cattle deaths.
University spokeswoman Robin Kaler says while that investigation remains open, she contends there isn’t one regarding the other incidents. She says if the USDA requests a visit, the U of I would welcome that.
The university has taken corrective actions since the animal deaths were reported, increased veterinary staff monitoring of students.
But Kaler also says that it any farming operation, there are a small number of unexpected animal deaths.
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