Animal rights watchdog files complaint against Rutgers
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
Director, USDA, Eastern Region
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Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against Rutgers University, for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence allowed a rabbit, a pig, and a goat to die unnecessarily. This behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal rights watchdog files complaint against Rutgers

From Hayley Slusser,, March 3, 2020

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), a watchdog group that investigates animal abuse at research facilities, filed a complaint against Rutgers with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

There are three separate reports from the University, according to the complaint. In January 2019, a rabbit died after it was left in a cage while it was being sterilized, according to the complaint. Research facilities usually sterilize equipment at high temperatures, “meaning that this rabbit was boiled alive,” according to the complaint.

In March 2019, a goat died after becoming immobilized in a feeder, and in July 2019, a pig died after an unsuccessful surgery that punctured its bowel, according to the complaint. The pig was implanted with a stent from a different manufacturer than stated in the approved protocol.

The University can be fined up to $10,000 for each animal, according to the complaint.

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