Animal rights group files another complaint against UTMB
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Animal rights group files another complaint against UTMB
By Harvey Rice,, April 20, 2017

GALVESTON An animal rights group has filed another complaint against researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, citing a study published in a journal as evidence of animal abuse.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now! filed a complaint with the U.S Department of Agriculture alleging that an article by UTMB researchers published April 5 in the journal Translational Medicine contained information about animals that were allowed to suffer instead of being euthanized.

UTMB spokesman Raul Reyes said there was no investigation and accused SAEN! of making "false and misleading statements."

SAEN! spokesman Michael Budkie said the group also had asked the journal to investigate whether UTMB researchers had falsely claimed that the animals in the study were treated in accordance with federal laws and regulations.

He said the research was done at a time when federal agencies had ruled that UTMB was not in compliance with federal animal-treatment standards. Reyes said the study was done before the investigation began.

UTMB paid a $33,000 fine in November after the USDA found it had mishandled guinea pigs, but in March, the Office of Laboratory and Animal Welfare, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that UTMB was in compliance with animal-welfare laws and regulations.

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