UNL halts 4 experiments; federal complaint filed regarding animal cruelty
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act which denied euthanasia to suffering animals. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


UNL halts 4 experiments; federal complaint filed regarding animal cruelty

From Danielle Meaqdows, 3NewsNow.com, June 8, 2021

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — A national watchdog group that monitors American research facilities for illegal activities and animal abuse has filed a federal complaint against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

According to a press release from Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), a previously unpublished report obtained by SAEN discloses that the university allegedly halted "four experimental projects because laboratory staff, including the Principal Investigator, failed to euthanize suffering animals for a week, and lied about it in falsified records."

SAEN said the university broke federal law — and as a result, they filed a federal complaint against the university's research administration due to the failure to euthanize animals as required, as well as a cover-up.

"Apparently staff not only failed to euthanize animals, allowing them to suffer with a serious pathological condition for an additional week, but they also moved the animals to hide them from UNL administration, and falsified records to avoid discovery of their illegal conduct," said SAEN's press release.

SAEN filed the complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, alleging federal violations of Federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations for Animal Handling, Veterinary Care & research supervision by the university's Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

Additionally, SAEN is seeking the maximum penalty allowable under the AWA — $10,000 per infraction/per animal.

“UNL staff not only abused animals, causing an additional week of totally unnecessary suffering, but the staff also lied about it,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., co-founder, SAEN. “The USDA should throw the book at these criminals.”

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