Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Update: After reviewing
evidence submitted by PETA, the National Institutes of Health has reprimanded
the University of Colorado–Denver (CU) for repeatedly violating federal animal
welfare guidelines in its laboratories, criticized it for not reporting the
problems, and ordered the university to repay grant money used for noncompliant
experiments on animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's investigation into
CU's laboratories is still underway.
Originally posted January 29:
It's starting to feel like
déjà vu: PETA has once again filed formal complaints with the federal
government about the abuse of animals in laboratories at the University of Colorado–Denver
(CU). Through a state open-records request, PETA has just learned
that the same neglect and incompetence that we documented there in a 2007
investigation are still occurring.
The records show that during
just the past two years, at least 60 animal welfare incidents—dozens of which may constitute
violations of federal law and guidelines—have occurred, including
Based on PETA's undercover investigation, in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited CU for serious
violations of the Animal Welfare Act and also issued the university an official
warning letting it know that it would be fined $10,000 per incident if it were found violating the law
again. It's time for the government to follow through on that warning and stop
CU's abuses for good.
Please ask the
federal government to stop funding cruel animal experiments and to put your tax
dollars toward modern, humane non-animal research methods.
Written by PETA
In a study that sounds like something dreamed up by the mischief-makers at The Onion, experimenters at the University of Colorado (CU) have determined that putting mice into uncomfortable cages and moving them from cage to cage upsets them to the point that it physically alters their brains. This, the experimenters conclude, "affects the outcomes of research." Gee, ya think?
Another stunning discovery: Introducing a strange mouse to this already stressful mix may even cause the animals to fight to protect their little bit of turf. Experimenters also injured the animals' noses and shoved them into cages with either low or high ventilation for a few weeks, killed them, and cut up their brains for examination.
"We assume that mice used in laboratories are all the same, but they are not," Diego Restrepo, director of CU's neuroscience program, told Science Daily. Wow, if only someone had called us, we could have saved Restrepo (and the mice) a lot of trouble—not to mention all the government grant money it would have saved the taxpayers. We also could have told him that housing animals in crowded cages and failing to provide prompt veterinary care and adequate anesthesia during painful surgeries (all of which has been documented at CU laboratories) can also skew research findings.
Anybody who has spent any time with mice knows that they each have individual personalities, just like cats, dogs, and all other animals do. They also feel pain and experience loneliness, boredom, and fear. So, yes, sticking them in cramped cages, hauling them out every once in a while to poke and prod them, and forcing them to live in close proximity with strangers upsets them. Apparently, Common Sense 101 isn't a prerequisite at CU.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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