Media Coverage About SAEN Stop Animal Exploitation Now

UF researcher accused of research misconduct by national watchdog


From Garrett Phillips,, July 26, 2023

SAEN, a non-profit Ohio-based watchdog that monitors research labs in the state for illegal behavior and animal abuse, said the principal investigator published the results of projects the University of Florida suspended after admitting the projects violated federal law.

SAEN is saying the publications make false claims such as, "All use of animals in this study was approved by the University of Florida Institutional Animal Care and Use and Committee (IACUC).”

SAEN claims those statements are untrue because the University of Florida’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee withdrew approval after the projects were suspended.

“The principal investigators of these protocols/grants are guilty of Research Misconduct because their statements implying both IACUC approval and compliance with federal regulations are equivalent to ‘manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record,’” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN co-founder, in the ORI Complaint.

“The act of publishing these articles, in and of itself constitutes Research Misconduct,” charged Budkie.

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