Animal rights group condemns Hopkins experiments, university disputes group's claims
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA-APHIS
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Please LEVY the MAXIMUM FINE against Johns Hopkins University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence led to the euthanasias of three monkeys, and a pig. Their behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal rights group condemns Hopkins experiments, university disputes group's claims

From Marcus Dieterle,, December 8, 2021

An animal rights group is demanding that federal authorities take action against Johns Hopkins University researchers for their experimental treatment of monkeys and a pig.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN), on Tuesday sent a complaint to the USDA against JHU.

In their complaint, SAEN alleges that a pig being used in a cardiac study was injured during observations by JHU researchers. Unable to stand on its own, the pig was euthanized and a necropsy revealed that the animal had two broken elbows, the complaint alleges.

SAEN alleges that JHU staff failed to report the pig with broken elbows to veterinary care and “routinely denied animals pain relief during procedures.”

In that same complaint, SAEN also alleges that three monkeys were euthanized due to infection from “environmental [contaminants]” during surgical cranial implants

“These two violations alone demonstrate both major incompetence and a glaring failure by the Johns Hopkins University research administration to [ensure] that regulations are followed,” SAEN wrote.

The organization reiterated their complaints in a letter to Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels, also on Tuesday.

But JHU officials have disputed these claims.

“Full-time specialist veterinarians provide 24/7 care to our animals who are properly housed in environments that meet and exceed rigorous standards. The humane treatment of research animals is incredibly important to us at Johns Hopkins and a responsibility that all of us take very seriously.” 

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