USDA investigating UI for animal deaths
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Contact USDA to DEMAND MAX FINE against University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
Director, USDA, Eastern Region
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UI), for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence killed over 20 animals. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The time is NOW to send a clear message with stiff penalties to these negligent facilities that these behaviors will NOT be tolerated!


USDA investigating UI for animal deaths
By Luke Ray,, October 5, 2016

The UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS is under investigation for what animal rights advocates call a "pattern of negligence."

Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN) says there have been a high number of wrongful animal deaths in clinics on campus. Now, the USDA has launched an open investigation.

SAEN leaders point out 22 animal deaths at UI they find questionable. They got the information from public records; more specifically, meeting minutes from the Illinois Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The minutes reveal the deaths of a sheep, several pigs, calves and rabbits since last year. It's not clear where the incidents in question would have occurred or if they happened in teaching environments.

SAEN says a lot of those deaths were related to surgeries and medication practices. They originally started looking into this after five cows died at the university in 2015. They say all these examples violate the Animal Welfare Act.

The USDA has labeled this an open investigation. SAEN is asking them to fine the university. They say cases like this usually result in federal fines.

The UI is not the only institution under investigation by the USDA. Battelle Memorial Institute, in Columbus, Ohio, and Emory University, in Atlanta, are also on the list, subject to open investigations.

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