Animal rights group demands fines for Portland Community College over animal deaths
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Animal rights group demands fines for Portland Community College over animal deaths

From Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, September 11, 2019

An animal rights group is demanding the federal government fine Portland Community College thousands of dollars over the deaths of six young animals at the college's facilities.

The group, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the agency to fine the community college $10,000 each for the deaths of four lambs and two calves. The total, $60,000, is the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

According to the complaint, four lambs were killed by predators, likely coyotes, between October 2018 and July. In one of the incidents, inspectors noted that construction work had damaged a fence, allowing the predators access to the lambs.

In a separate incident, twin calves were born "small and weak" earlier this year and were diagnosed with joint problems. A farm manager at the school began treating the animals immediately and notified the attending veterinarian the following day, but the calves later died despite treatment with antibiotics. The complaint alleges that the deaths could have been prevented if the veterinarian had been notified earlier.

"It is obscene that Portland Community College's negligence has now killed six infant animals in just over a year," Michael Budkie, co-founder of the animal rights group, said in a statement. "This fatal negligence must be punished."

The school implemented some preventative measures immediately, including moving its remaining lambs to a smaller pasture with a security light. The school was also considering additional measures to protect the flock.

"In all cases of animal predation deaths, PCC has reported these incidents diligently and promptly to its USDA inspector and responded quickly to adopt increasingly stringent anti-predator measures," the school said in a statement to Oregon Public Broadcasting. "Each death was followed up by a review of the farm facility’s program according to best practice documents pertaining to wild predator loss prevention."

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