Written by PETA
damning reports from someone working inside the University of Texas Medical
Branch (UTMB), PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
earlier this year. The USDA found, among other abuses, that sheep who had undergone
invasive experimental surgeries (including one sheep who could not stand up
afterward) apparently received no pain relief at all, that a goat
died in surgery without proper monitoring during anesthesia, and that
experimenters using ferrets in an infectious-disease study neglected to consult
with veterinary experts.
The USDA noted that experimenters failed to provide basic post-operative pain
relief to animals who had been subjected to invasive surgeries—including
allegedly leaving a dog who had tubes implanted during surgery to die without
any treatment. The agency
has cited UTMB for violating the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. UTMB
has "ongoing" problems with oversight, says the agency.
Please e-mail UTMB President David L. Callender
and ask him to immediately discipline experimenters for their cruelty to animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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