Group criticizes UF for animal deaths in its labs

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Published: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.

An animal-rights group is criticizing the University of Florida for animal deaths at its laboratories.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report from May cites two incidents in which animals were killed at UF. One incident involved a rabbit breaking its back because a technician didn't support it properly while trimming its nails. The rabbit was then euthanized. In the other incident, five baby rats were killed when they were left in a cage while it was sterilized.

“When you're talking about a facility that can't even clean cages without killing animals, then there are some very serious problems,” said Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes issued a statement from the university expressing regret for the animal deaths. The incidents were reported to a group that oversees the use of laboratory animals for research and the university took corrective actions, she said in the statement.

“The USDA in May reviewed all documentation and determined no further action was necessary,” she said. “We strive to always provide a healthy, safe environment for our animals as we seek to develop new treatments and cures for human and animal diseases.”

Budkie said the UF incidents are part of a trend of negligent animal deaths in labs. He said inspection reports show more than 125 animals have been killed in 33 labs over the past two years.

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University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Inspection Report - 24 May 2010
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Group criticizes UF for animal deaths in its labs

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