Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against University of Utah
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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 Utah for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence caused multiple monkey deaths. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against University of Utah
From, February 11, 2021

The University of Utah could face consequences following a complaint about its animal research. A group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now who investigates experiments on animals across the country is now sending a federal complaint to the US Department of Agriculture. They claim the university committed numerous violations in its research and procedures with small monkeys. A whistleblower also revealed the university's leading veterinarian withheld information from the animal welfare committee for more than a year. The group says in a recent USDA inspection the university faced two critical citations which they say are only issued in roughly two percent of inspections nationwide. They feel the university's nonhuman human primate research should be terminated altogether. "The position we're left in here is that if the University of Utah cannot follow their own procedures, they cannot follow federal regulations -- if all of those things are happening and on top of that they have their own veterinary participating in an internal cover up of federal violations. With all of these things are going on, why should we believe they can do science," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Co-Founder, SAEN.

Fox13news reached out to the university. They say the school self reported a specific situation last year. They say they responded by restructuring the research unit and leadership adding more training and changing procedures to lower the risk of it happening again. The university says it takes these responsible very seriously and stand by the integrity of their research, adding the study of animals is crucial to understanding human health. The USDA will now conduct an inspection based on the complaint. If they consider it a legitimate violation, the case would then go to another set of investigators that would consider prosecution. Experts with Stop Animal Exploitation Now say the university has already been cited for 10 to 15 animal incidents and this complaint could lead to a fine in the six figures.

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