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Reports Reveal Painful Experiments at UM; Watchdog Group calls for end to abusive experiments

Thursday, June 16, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
attn: News Desk

Reports Reveal Painful Experiments at UM; Watchdog Group calls for end to abusive experiments

Minneapolis, MN – Recently-obtained federal reports reveal that 232 animals were used in painful experiments at the University of Minnesota without anesthesia during a recent reporting year.

24 dogs, 6 rabbits, 3 monkeys, and numerous species of wildlife including squirrels, weasels, chipmunks, and bats experienced unrelieved pain or distress in experiments conducted at the University of Minnesota.

The 232 UM animals used in experiments with unrelieved pain constitute 73% of the animals experiencing unrelieved pain in experimentation for the entire state of Minnesota.

Dogs were used in experiments which injected painful substances directly into the knee, rabbits develop toxic shock, and primates are deprived of water and denied access to other members of their species. Most of the wild animals were marked by chopping off sections of their toes.

“Abusive experiments like those revealed in these government reports should be ended immediately,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Federal funding should be directed towards clinical research which is more relevant to modern medicine.”

In a letter to UM President Bruininks, Budkie states: “There are some things that simply should not happen. This category would include depriving animals of water (a basic need), isolating social animals, injecting painful compounds into the knees of dogs, chopping off the toes of other animals – these are all things that are inexcusable.”

The letter calls for an internal UM investigation into the non-use of anesthesia in animal protocols, and evaluation and potential elimination of relevant projects.

Copies of relevant documents are available upon request.


See also:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Letter to President Robert H. Bruininks of the University of Minnesota
USDA Inspection Report - 30 Nov 2007

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