Animal Rights Group Files Complaint Against UAB
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA-APHIS
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against University of Alabama, Birmingham for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence caused 3 ferrets to die, possibly by suffocation. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal Rights Group Files Complaint Against UAB

From, January 19, 2021

UAB discovered the incident and self-reported it to federal agencies. This caught the attention of an Ohio-based animal rights group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now, also known as SAEN. Co-founder Michael Budkie is outraged by what happened to the animals, "They were not receiving a mixture of cigarette smoke and fresh air. They were apparently receiving almost entirely cigarette smoke and died." The animal rights group filed a federal complaint with the USDA to enforce the animal welfare act. "We are pushing them to take action, launch a full investigation, and levy a federal fine against UAB because unfortunately that is the limit of their authority." A push Budkie is so passionate about because of his special bond with animals. "When you look into an animal's eyes, if you look, you see a soul on the other side." UAB sent a statement reading in part, "The office of laboratory animal welfare confirmed that we took appropriate corrective action to ensure a similar incident does not happen again. And UAB says it will continue to take all the necessary steps to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

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