Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
Director, USDA, Eastern Region
Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against this repeat violator, West Virginia University, for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence killed 4 lambs and injured 11 more, after previously negligently killing 16 sheep. This repeat offender's behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
SAEN Report: WVU Negligence kills and
By WDTV.com, January 30, 2017
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- According to a report from Stop Animal Exploitation Now, WVU is again facing accusations of killing and mistreating some of their lambs.
The group claims eleven lambs were injured and four passed away after attacks from dogs or coyotes.
The group formally filed a complaint on Monday against WVU with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you remember, this comes after WVU was already cited by the USDA for the deaths of sixteen sheep back in March.
According to SAEN, a federal report from August 10, 2016 documented the incident leading to the deaths and injuries. Another report details an incident in September 2016 of a lamb not being monitored properly and was not promptly euthanized when bloody mouth sores were discovered.
"Negligence at West Virginia University continues to kill and injure animals. It is a high time for the USDA to seriously penalize WVU with a six-figure fine," said Stacey Ellison, Research Analyst with SAEN.
However, 5 News reached out to WVU for comment and they told us all the appropriate actions have been taken.
They also sent us a letter from the Department of Health and Human Resources. In the letter it stated," The corrective actions consisted of euthanizing two of the injured lambs and treating the remainder. Subsequently, three additional lambs were euthanized...." It goes on to say OLAW understands that measures have been implemented to correct and prevent recurrence of this problem."
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