Second federal complaint filed against WSU by national animal rights group

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Contact the USDA to Demand a Maximum FINE against Washington State University:

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
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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.


Second federal complaint filed against WSU by national animal rights group
By Evan Ellis,, June 7, 2016

Another federal complaint from a national animal rights group has been filed against Washington State University regarding bear deaths. The group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now out of Cincinnati filed their second complaint with the USDA against the WSU Bear Center Monday. The group is basing their latest complaint on previously released records regarding three bear deaths in what appears to be between 2011 and 2014.

The organization claims that the records indicate the bears may have died because of a lack of long term care. Once again the group is asking that the USDA fine WSU the maximum for violation of federal law which would be 30 thousand dollars. The WSU College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences runs the bear center.

The college’s Acting Dean Doctor Kim Kidwell issued a statement Monday in response to the latest complaint. Doctor Kidwell stated they are taking the concerns seriously and have addressed the issues after investigating the Bear Research Center last year. Doctor Kidwell went on to say that they are monitoring the care and wellbeing of the bears on a daily basis and they are doing well and receiving excellent care. Last week the same organization asked that the institution be fined 50 thousand dollars for other animal research incidents involving the death of two bear cubs and the overdosing of three big horn sheep.

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