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Group criticizes UF for animal deaths in its labs

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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 animal diseases.�

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.
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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.  

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