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Group criticizes UF for animal deaths in its labs
By Nathan Crabbe
The Chalkboard blog
July 23, 2010
An animal-rights group is criticizing the University of Florida for animal
deaths at its laboratories.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report from May cites two incidents
in which animals were killed at UF. One incident involved a rabbit breaking its
back because a technician didn't support it properly while trimming its nails.
The rabbit was then euthanized. In the other incident, five baby rats were
killed when they were left in a cage while it was sterilized.
�When you're talking about a facility that can't even clean cages without
killing animals, then there are some very serious problems,� said Michael Budkie,
executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now.
UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes issued a statement from the university expressing
regret for the animal deaths. The incidents were reported to a group that
oversees the use of laboratory animals for research and the university took
corrective actions, she said in the statement.
�The USDA in May reviewed all documentation and determined no further action was
necessary,� she said. �We strive to always provide a healthy, safe environment
for our animals as we seek to develop new treatments and cures for human and
Budkie said the UF incidents are part of a trend of negligent animal deaths in
labs. He said inspection reports show more than 125 animals have been killed in
33 labs over the past two years.
UF Animal Abuse Report
An animal rights group is criticizing the University of Florida, saying animal
deaths at its laboratories could have been prevented. A U-S Department of
Agriculture inspection report back in May cites two incidents which animals were
killed at UF. The first incident occurred when a rabbit broke its back, due to a
technician not providing enough support while trimming the animal�s nails. The
rabbit was then euthanized. In the other incident, five baby rats were killed
when they were left in a cage while it was sterilized. Stop Animal Exploitation
Now Executive director Michael Budkie says these practices are unacceptable.