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  National Research Watchdog calls NDSU Animal Deaths ‘Scandalous’  

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie


National Research Watchdog calls NDSU Animal Deaths ‘Scandalous’

Demands Lab Access; Launches Independent Investigation

FARGO, ND – As former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer emerges from Senate confirmation hearings to take the reigns of the USDA, North Dakota State University has been exposed as a major violator of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is enforced by the USDA.

Recently obtained government reports reveal that NDSU had over 20 separate AWA violations in a six month period. Animals at NDSU were denied veterinary care, and the deaths of sheep were termed “minor deficiencies” by NDSU Animal Care Committee members. Additionally, NDSU was fined $12,218 by the USDA in late 2007.

“The violations at NDSU are of the most serious possible nature and should lead to severe repercussions,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “The animal deaths at NDSU are scandalous and the USDA fine is insufficient to bring about real change. NDSU must institute wholesale reorganization.”

The approximately 2 dozen infractions included lack of a qualified veterinarian, use of drugs which had been expired for as much as 8 years, untreated animal deaths, and numerous violations by the NDSU Animal Care Committee.

“It is clear that the Animal Care Committee at NDSU is responsible for major dereliction of duty,” added Budkie. “This body must be entirely reconstituted.” In a letter to NDSU President, Joseph Chapman, SAEN has requested that the IACUC be totally reorganized.

SAEN has also launched an investigation of NDSU requesting further federal reports, as well as internal NDSU documents.

All government reports are available upon request


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