SAEN LogoWatchdog Group Calls for Permanent Ban of FSU Lab Staff; Botched Surgeries Killed Three Animals
Press Release - From SAEN Stop Animal Exploitation Now

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865

Watchdog Group Calls for Permanent Ban of FSU Lab Staff; Botched Surgeries Killed Three Animals

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A National Research Watchdog group, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW), has contacted FSU President, John Thrasher, calling for administrative action to permanently ban certain FSU lab staff from all animal use.

This latest action follows the Group's filing of an Official Complaint against Florida State University (FSU) for multiple alleged federal violations connected surgical procedures with the USDA. The Official Complaint called for the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction/per animal.

At issue are multiple incidents of research malfeasance which were recounted in a recent USDA inspection report dated 6/20/17, in which FSU staff both failed to provide animals used in surgery pain relief and failed to follow a university-approved protocol for surgery. Following the botched surgical procedures, three animals died. The USDA report issued two CRITICAL citations against FSU connected to this protocol.

In an article on Tallahassee.com from 8/22/17 FSU's Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander said “We very much regret the incident and have taken immediate action to further train and educate those involved regarding the appropriate care for animals involved in research.”

"Training and education for the bungling, incompetent, and unfeeling FSU lab staff is simply not sufficient," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Co-Founder SAEN. " Therefore, I am calling upon your administration to permanently ban all staff connected to this protocol, #1632, from EVER working with animals again. Without this action the credibility of FSU research will be forever compromised."

SAEN has also filed a public records request with FSU for a copy of protocol #1632, as well as veterinary records for animals used in this project.


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