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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865, [email protected]

Washington University Staff Should be Banned After Federal Law Broken, Animals Killed Charges Watchdog

ST. LOUIS, MO – Washington University staff who broke federal law by negligently killing a monkey and a rabbit during separate surgical procedures should be permanently banned from animal work and research publication, urged a national research watchdog group today.

SAEN, an Ohio-based nonprofit that monitors U.S. research facilities for illegal activity and animal abuse, obtained federal reports that detailed the deaths. SAEN also filed a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture complaint against Washington University.

In a letter to Washington University Chancellor, Mark S. Wrighton, Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN co-founder, said: "It is imperative that your office bar all non-compliant Washington University lab staff from working with animals and from publishing the results of their projects."

Banning lab staff from publishing and/or working with animals could be career ending, said SAEN, noting that virtually all scientific journals require compliance with federal regulations for publication. Since laboratory staffers have been documented by a federal regulatory agency to have failed to comply with the Animal Welfare Act, they should be prohibited from publishing their research, said SAEN.

SAEN said USDA inspections of Washington University on Aug 23, 2017 and March 7, 2017 cited the university for repeated failures to provide adequate veterinary care to animals. The latest inspection issues, noted SAEN, a rare CRITICAL REPEAT citation against the laboratory.

According to the reports, the monkey death came after a procedure in which " . . . the animal experienced ongoing complications such as hypothermia, hypotension, wet lung sounds and fluid in the endotracheal tube during the anesthetic procedure."

The USDA report, specific to the rabbit death, stated " . . . the animal died while under anesthesia and it is recorded that the animal’s blood pressure dropped due to hypothermia and hemodilution. It was also noted in the records that the water-heated mat under the animal had turned off, leading to hypothermia."


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