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Animal Experimenters Face Criminal Charges

From "New Scientist" Magazine  WAY TO GO!!!!

Animal experimenters in the US, beware: you may find yourselves facing criminal charges for simply doing your job. That's what has happened to nine staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who could go to jail or pay heavy fines for carrying out decompression experiments on sheep for the US navy.

Some sheep died in the experiments, which aimed to find new ways to save divers from decompression sickness, otherwise known as "the bends". Antivivisectionists at the Alliance for Animals in Madison and at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals discovered that Wisconsin has a law banning the killing of animals through decompression.

The AFA and PETA filed charges, and on 2 June circuit judge Amy Smith backed the animal-rights groups' claim. She concluded that the researchers "intentionally or negligently violated Wisconsin law", and so should face criminal charges. Smith dismissed the university's defence that the research project was exempt from the law.

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http://www.newscien tist.com/ article/dn19040- us-animal- researchers- face-criminal- charges.html

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