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AR Groups filing Criminal Charges Vs. Univ. Wisc.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard said he wouldn't prosecute UW-Madison for violating state law in sheep experiments, so two animal rights groups are attempting to file the criminal charges themselves.

The groups - Madison-based Alliance for Animals and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - are allowed to do so under a little-used state statute.

They filed a petition Tuesday asking a judge to allow them to prosecute five UW-Madison officials and several researchers.

Blanchard wrote in an October opinion that he believed UW-Madison researchers violated a state law when 26 sheep died as a result of experiments on decompression sickness, but he said it wouldn't be a "wise use of resources" for his office to prosecute the alleged crimes.

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