SAEN LogoUniversity of Texas, El Paso, Target of Watchdog Complaint with USDA After Multiple Animal Deaths; UTEP Negligence Invalidates Testing, Watchdog Suggests
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN 513-575-5517, [email protected]

University of Texas, El Paso, Target of Watchdog Complaint with USDA After Multiple Animal Deaths; UTEP Negligence Invalidates Testing, Watchdog Suggests

EL PASO, TX University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) has broken federal law in the deaths of multiple research subjects, according to SAEN, an Ohio-based national watchdog that monitors the nation's research facilities for illegal activities and animal abuse.

In a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, SAEN cited a Nov. 14, 2017 USDA report that one research animals as found "cold to the touch" and had to be killed.

SAEN said that since the incident went unreported for five days, it suspects there may have been some attempt to cover-up the negligence.

It's not UTEP's first violation of federal laws in research - a June 29, 2015 USDA report documents additional negligent animal deaths in connection to dehydration.

In SAEN's "official complaint" with the USDA, the watchdog alleges multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act for Unqualified Personnel, Inadequate Veterinary Care by UTEP.

"If UTEP's unqualified staff fails to notice that animals are ill until they are already dead or require euthanasia, then not only have they broken the law, but all of their experimentation is highly suspect at best," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., executive director and co-founder of SAEN.

SAEN to further demonstrate UTEP carelessness is making additional documents public, which disclose further incidents of negligence.

These UTEP reports, involving species not regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, document deaths due to failure to provide food and water to animals. All of these incidents have been reported as non-compliances to the National Institutes of Health.

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