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Dozens of research animals found dead at University of Memphis, USDA says



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Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against the University of Memphis for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence allowed dozens of voles and mole rats to die unnecessarily. Their behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Dozens of research animals found dead at University of Memphis, USDA says

From Dominique Dillon,, October 5, 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis could get hit with a six-figure federal fine. This comes after dozens of research animals were found dead at the University of Memphis, according to the USDA.

“No other laboratory in the United States has accumulated as many violations in a single inspection report as the University of Memphis has,” said Michael Budkie with Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

According to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture, dozens of research animals were overheated to death and others were found dead or with missing limbs at the University of Memphis.

“Most research laboratories have equipment set up that an alarm goes off when a reading where the temperature goes outside certain values. Obviously, the University of Memphis does not have one, and as a result, 12 animals were essentially cooked to death,” said Budkie.

Documents state this happened on April 1st in the Life Science Building when the HVAC unit went out overnight.

“Roughly 15 animals deaths, discussed animals that had broken limbs, missing limbs, others simply found dead,” said Budkie.

Michael Budkie, with the national watchdog group Stop Animal Exploitation, wants the University of Memphis to pay.

“We are pushing the USDA currently to take a meaningful enforcement action against the University of Memphis. That could be a federal fine for as much as $10,000 per infraction per animal,” said Budkie.

If fined, as the group wants, the University of Memphis could face a six-figure penalty.

FOX13 reached out to UofM for a statement but has not heard back.

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