Group alleges UTMB published study on April 5 that contained information about animal abuse
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston, for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their ineptitude allowed several monkeys to die without euthanasia. Their utter disregard for the animals and the Animal Welfare Act CANNOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Please levy the maximum fine allowable under the Animal Welfare Act.


Group alleges UTMB published study on April 5 that contained information about animal abuse
By Bryan Kirk, Clear Lake Patch, April 26, 2017

GALVESTON, TX -- The University of Texas Medical Branch is facing sharp criticism from an animal rights group, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging UTMB researchers published a study that contained information about animal abuse.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now! filed its complaint based on an April 5 article published in Translational Medicine, which indicated animals were allowed to suffer instead of being humanely put down.

The allegations sparked a war of words, with UTMB spokesman Raul Reyes calling the allegations false, and SAEN! spokesman Michael Budkie calling for a more thorough investigation of UTMB by the journal to ensure federal laws werenít violated.

(Want to get daily updates about news and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free Houston Patch morning newsletter.) Itís the second complaint SAEN! has filed against UTMB in less than a year.

Last year, UTMB was fined $33,000 when the USDA ruled that guinea pigs were mishandled during research.

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