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‘Duke must be punished’: Animal rights group files federal complaint over welfare concern



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Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE Duke University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence killed two puppies and denied food to pigs. This behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


‘Duke must be punished’: Animal rights group files federal complaint over welfare concern

From Nadia Bey,, August 29, 2022

Animal rights organization Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! filed a federal complaint against Duke alleging mistreatment of animals.

Chris Simmons, Duke’s interim vice president for public affairs and government relations, declined to comment.

Ohio-based nonprofit Stop Animal Exploitation Now obtained documents showing that Duke received a “non-critical” violation during a routine unannounced lab inspection conducted by the USDA. SAEN has filed a complaint against Duke with the USDA.

The July 19 USDA inspection report says three pigs were not fed over a weekend due to a “significant scheduling error.”

Additionally, a researcher trying to reach the on-call veterinarian during a difficult dog birth did not follow the pre-approved communication policy. This misstep “prohibited the [Duke Division of Laboratory Animal Resources] veterinarian’s ability to provide appropriate veterinary medical care,” possibly leading to the loss of two pups.

“There is simply no excuse for the deaths of these puppies without veterinary intervention. Duke must be punished,” SAEN executive director Michael Budkie wrote in a statement to The Chronicle.

In both cases, researchers developed a corrective action plan to prevent future incidents.

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