Animal rights group complains of mistreatment at Duke

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Animal rights group complains of mistreatment at Duke

From, February 27, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. -  An animal rights group filed a complaint Wednesday with the United States Department of Agriculture alleging animal mistreatment at Duke University.

In a letter addressed to Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) alleges that a number of animals have died or have been mistreated through testing at Duke.

The group said two rabbits died, two monkeys were euthanized and two monkeys were injured in a fight.

SAEN Executive Director Michael Budkie said that in January 2013 Duke researchers repeatedly attempted to surgically isolate the carotid artery of two rabbits, which resulted in the severing of the artery.

In December 2012, Budkie said, Duke staff placed two monkeys too close together, which resulted in a fight breaking out and the monkeys being injured.

And in October and November 2012, Budkie said, two monkeys suffered colonic tears after receiving colonoscopies. Both monkeys had to be euthanized.

Budkie said the incidents were reported by Duke to the National Institutes of Health as being non-compliant with Public Health Service policy on humane care and use of laboratory animals.

SAEN said the incidents violated Animal Handling codes of the Animal Welfare Act, and is asking for Duke University to receive the maximum fine allowable under the Animal Welfare Act at $10,000 per infraction.
Duke University declined to comment. 

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