Update: PETA filed a formal complaint
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding information from a
whistleblower in 2007. It took the agency several years to complete its
investigation, but we have now learned that the USDA cited the university for
multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act and issued an official warning,
with the threat of substantial criminal or civil fines if the university continues
to violate federal law.
2007, a veterinary technician at the University of Colorado–Denver (CU) turned to PETA when officials refused to address his serious charges related to
the neglect and mistreatment of animals, including that sick and injured
animals were being denied veterinary care, unqualified employees were conducting procedures
on animals, animals used in painful surgeries were being denied adequate anesthesia,
and the school's animal experimentation oversight committee was failing to monitor
animal use properly. The employee reportedly saw a monkey with a prolapsed
colon left to suffer for hours before she was euthanized, a cat whose eye was
swollen shut denied veterinary care for nearly a month, a rabbit who did not
appear to be fully anesthetized killed by having his heart punctured with a
needle, and cats subjected to cruel and invasive back surgeries with apparently inadequate anesthetics by
After receiving this disturbing information,
PETA immediately filed complaints with the university as well as the federal government
and launched a campaign to end Solomonow's inhumane experiments on cats.
Following our exposé, we learned that the university stopped purchasing cats from Class B dealers who buy animals from "random
sources," including animal shelters and unscrupulous "bunchers"
who respond to "free-to-a-good-home" ads and collect dogs and cats
from the neighborhoods in which they live.
We also discovered that after 40 years of
experimenting on and killing cats, Solomonow hasn't used cats in nearly three
years and appears to have no funding for his experiments.
now PETA has uncovered evidence that despite the USDA's warning, CU continues
to flout the law and abuse animals. Documents
obtained by PETA through a Colorado Open Records Act request to CU reveal that animal welfare incidents, dozens
of which may constitute violations of federal law and guidelines, have
occurred in the university's laboratories since the USDA action, including the
reviewing evidence submitted by PETA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has
reprimanded CU for repeatedly violating federal animal welfare guidelines in
its laboratories—including failing to supply pain relief to animals used in experimental
surgeries, permitting incompetent personnel to perform invasive procedures on
animals, and putting living mice into a freezer meant for dead animals. NIH has
also criticized CU for not reporting the problems and ordered the university to
repay grant money used for noncompliant experiments on animals. The USDA's
investigation into CU's laboratories is still underway.
continues to fight for the thousands of animals who are still imprisoned at CU
and has filed formal complaints with the USDA and the NIH calling for fines and the revocation of federal grants awarded to the
You can help animals who
are suffering at CU and in other laboratories by clicking here to ask the federal government to divert tax dollars away from
cruel animal experiments and put them toward modern and humane non-animal
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