More details about animal research incidents at WSU that are getting attention from a national animal rights group
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Washington State University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence killed bears and sheep. Their negligence in allowing staff to fatally overdose bighorn sheep and also in allowing bears to become seriously debilitated should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


More details about animal research incidents at WSU that are getting attention from a national animal rights group
By, June 3, 2016

 A national animal rights group has filed a federal complaint against Washington State University over what they call a “bungling lab”. Stop Animal Exploitation Now announced Thursday that they have filed the complaint based on a new federal report. The group is referring to documents related to a routine inspection from the USDA which noted the previously announced deaths of two bears at WSU.

The inspection did reveal another notable animal research mistake at WSU involving the drug overdosing of 3 bighorn sheep. That incident occurred in March when a graduate student on his or her on accord against university policy and without approval decided to increase the dosage of a steroid 50 fold. The student theorized that stronger steroid might increase the effectiveness of a vaccine that was being researched on the sheep. The sheep were not harmed by the overdose. The student who conducted the study has graduated and the professor who oversaw that student has retired.

WSU had previously announced the bear deaths which occurred in 2010 when two cubs health deteriorated while they were hibernating in a culvert. The bears had to be put down. WSU’s own investigation found ineffective monitoring of the bears was a major issue. A camera recorded the bears so researchers could see how they were doing. The resolution on the camera was poor and it did not provide a real time feed for researchers. Those issues have since been corrected.

The animal rights group out of Cincinnati is asking the USDA to fine WSU the maximum 10,000 dollars per infraction per animal. That would total a 50,000 dollar fine against WSU.

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