Animal rights group files complaint against MSU
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Montana State University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act which has now caused four monkeys to become seriously ill, with two dying from infections. Their negligence MUST NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal rights group files complaint against MSU
By Judy Slate,, May 10, 2017

An animal rights group based in Ohio has once again filed a complaint against Montana State University claiming research animals on campus are being mistreated.

The compliant from Stop Animal Exploitation Now, or SAEN, is similar to one filed last summer regarding money use for research.

MSU uses monkeys for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Schizophrenia and ADD research.

In 2015 three monkeys developed infections, two would later die and the USDA investigated.

Now SAEN is pointing to a fourth monkey that developed an infection and calling on the USDA to fine MSU $10,000 per infected animal.

"We take the use of these animals very seriously and their care, which is why when we realized that the animal had an infection we took immediate action to remedy that and help the animal heal which it did," said MSU spokesman Tracy Ellig.

According to the university, everything in the new SAEN complaint is old news and from the USDA themselves.

"The USDA is aware of all matters related to our research and have looked at our programs they have evaluated it and believe we've taken proper corrective action," Ellig said. ”We don't just believe that we're in compliance, we know from the USDA that we are in compliance."

University officials won’t reveal where the monkey and other animal research takes place on campus to protect the people who work there and the security of the building.

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