Group demands action against Iowa animal lab

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Group demands action against Iowa animal lab

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group is demanding the U.S. Department of Agriculture take action against an animal research laboratory in Iowa over alleged negligence.

Michael Budkie is with the Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! He says USDA inspection records show "major violations" of the Animal Welfare Act at the Exemplar Genetics facility in Sioux Center. The company uses pigs in its research.

Budkie says the reports show 39 pigs died last September in a transport truck parked overnight. The report says an employee made an unapproved modification to the ventilation system affecting the air flow, which contributed to the deaths. Budkie says other inspection reports list "multiple incidents" of untreated health problems in pigs.

Company spokesman Troy Arends says the USDA's concerns have been addressed, including additional safety measures on trucks.

Please contact Exemplar Genetics today to protest their abuse of animals: [email protected]

Also Please contact the USDA to demand action:

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
[email protected]
Tel: (970) 494-7478   
Fax: (970) 494-7461

See Also:
Exemplar Genetics, Sioux Center, IA

USDA - APHIS Report - 2009

USDA - Inspection Report

Dozens of Animals slaughtered at Iowa Research Lab; Watchdog Group Demands Severe Federal Penalties

Letter of Complaint to USDA Exemplar Genetics Research Facility

Group demands action against Iowa animal lab

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