Animal-rights group demands inquiry of University of Kansas Medical Center after mouse set on fire
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Dr. Robert D. Simari, Executive Vice Chancellor
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Dear Dr. Simari, Exec Vice Chancellor, KU MED

Please permanently ban all staff connected to Protocol “2015-2248” from ever working with animals again. The negligence necessary to set a mouse on fire, cause another to die of "massive hemorrhage," while a third never recovered from surgery is unconscionable. This gross negligence MUST NOT be tolerated and should be punished.


Animal-rights group demands inquiry of University of Kansas Medical Center after mouse set on fire
From Tim Carpente,, February 1, 2018

An Ohio animal rights organization proposed Thursday the withholding of federal funding and dismissal of a research administrator at the University of Kansas Medical Center in response to alleged abuse of research animals.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a nonprofit group based in Milford, Ohio, submitted to federal officials documents alleging negligence by the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., in relation to an incident in which an animal was set on fire and killed. SAEN called for an independent investigation of abuse among animals in KUMC’s research program in Kansas City, Kan.

Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN, said the National Institutes of Health should terminate federal aid to KU Medical Center. In addition, the Medical Center should take action against Steffani Webb, the vice chancellor for administration at the facility.

Natalie Lutz, spokeswoman at the KU Medical Center, said the Medical Center remained committed to ethical and responsible performance of academic research involving animals. The Medical Center is in regular contact with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other entities that monitor animal research, she said.

“The University of Kansas Medical Center maintains a stringent oversight process that includes notifying animal welfare governing bodies of specific incidents regarding the use of animals in research,” Lutz said.

The Ohio animal-rights organization alleged “the campus has apparently engaged in a massive cover up by hiding violations of federal law and animal cruelty from federal regulators.”

SAEN alleged that from May 2015 to March 2017 the staff at KU Medical Center reported 23 incidents of federal non-compliance to a campus committee on animal care. Only four of these incidents were reported to federal regulators, SAEN said.

“The unavoidable conclusion is that the research administration of the University of Kansas Medical Center has engaged in a massive cover up of multiple incidents of animal abuse which have killed dozens of animals,” Budkie said.

The alleged abuses involved rabbits, rats, mice and a gerbil. Dozens of animals died, SAEN said, and a mouse was set on fire.

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