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Feds Come Down on University of Utah

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 17, 2011

The University of Utah just got slapped with an official warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for repeatedly violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by failing to properly review and oversee experiments on animals. If the university is caught violating this law again, it could face up to $10,000 in fines per incident.

The USDA’s action was based in part on violations that were uncovered following PETA’s 2009 undercover investigation that brought to light the terrible suffering of the dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, and other animals experimented on there. We documented that monkeys were deprived of water so that they would cooperate with experimenters in exchange for a sip of water, that a kitten died from dehydration, and that other sick and injured animals were denied veterinary care and left to languish and eventually die. You may recall that many of the animals the school was using in experiments were homeless cats and dogs it had purchased from local animal shelters until an intense year-long PETA campaign put an end to pound seizure in Utah. Since this landmark victory, several animal experiments at the U have been completely halted. 

You can help animals suffering at the University of Utah and in other horrendous 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 research methods.

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  • SUSAN says:

    ANIMAL TESTING IS JUST PLAIN WRONG! HOW COULD EVEN ANYONE DO THIS! LOOK INSIDE OF YOURSELVES AND HAVE SOME COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR THESE LOVING CREATURES. TAX PAYERS MONEY COULD BE SPENT SOME OTHER WAYS.

  • MONICA BOTELLO says:

    NO MORE PAIN OR SUFFERING… THIS MUST STOP RIGHT NOW

  • valeriec says:

    To see the cruel treatment,and abuse is SICKENING!!!And for what??I don’t know how people can live with themselves or even sleep at night.God watches everyone of us,and I’m sure he is NOT happy and just as ashamed as I am.I strongly believe in Karma,and I bet it will come back to all who maim and kill for profit!!!

  • Ralph says:

    While I’m glad they got a warning, PETA, you need to realize WHY they just got a warning. The USDA has reasonable doubt on if this cruelty is really from the experimenters or planeted by you guys. I myself have found question in the video you showed. PETA – if you want to be successful, you need to NOT give that question, because with a lot of your practices? – you leave that into the equation and then true reform (if needed) is hindered.

  • Nikki says:

    Millions of people are starving and dying on the street because there states have “no money” to help them but they will put MILLIONS of dollars into animal abuse what kind of world do we live in?

  • misuk ko says:

    Stop these inhumane animal testing right away!!Otherwise stop this funding!!

  • sandy says:

    terrible, stop it now

  • Julie Gade says:

    STOP THIS CRUELTY TOWARDS INNOCENT ANIMALS.

  • carita says:

    Horrible and medieval. Let’s stop this once and for all!

  • Ilje says:

    PLEASE won’t you just stop with the cruelty! How would you feel if somebody perform these experiments on YOU everyday …non stop … day in and day out … ??? Think about that for a moment, and you will then immediately see that what you are doing cannot be right!!!

  • Christina dellcioppia says:

    To think these people actually go home at night to families, children and animals of their own…

  • KRISTINA says:

    Please stop experimenting on animals! It is such a gross and inhumane act, I expect so much more from the unites states of america! There is something seriously wrong with the people who perform such horrendous acts without conscience.

  • Kathy says:

    I am an alumni and this research sickens me and makes me embarrassed to say I graduated from here.

  • Cassia Santa Helena says:

    Why is it so hard for humans to be humane?

  • Eliza says:

    This must must be stopped.

  • madeline B says:

    I can’t believe how cruel people are. Torture to animals and humans need to stop and actually double think. You HAVE to find another way to test and NOT i repeat NOT on animals. I will get a petition where everyone puts there ideas down for ways to STOP animal cruelty. Please. stop this cruelty.

  • Karen Costura-Hoffman says:

    This absolutely disgusts me. This funding NEEDS TO STOP NOW!!! I literally feel sick to my stomach seeing this. Anyone who does this should be ashamed.

  • Nina Bendigkeit says:

    No one would do this to best friends. Animals are the “best friends”! RESPECT and PROTECT all animals – they feel the same like WE do… STOP THIS CRUELTY – We need no more animal testing! We need more lucky animals and a human race that cares!!!!

  • Louise Brunet says:

    SHAME ON YOU.

  • Milton says:

    Stop it !!

  • Daniel says:

    Please, stop animal testing. This is pure cruelty.

  • Marion Smith says:

    These barbaric practices should be stopped immediately! There was/is no need for it. Olease end it NOW!!

  • Kirby Quito says:

    This make me so angry to think animals are being taken advantage of and treated so horribly. You think bringing an animal to a shelter would be good so they can find them a home but not so labs can buy them for a measly $20 and torture them. WE NEED TO STOP THIS NOW!!!

  • Sharon H. says:

    STOP THIS GROSS INJUSTICE AND DIVERT OUR TAX DOLLARS INTO HELPING NOT TORTURING INNOCENT CREATURES. TESTING ON ANIMAL IS AN UNNECESSARY, INHUMANE AND CRUEL PRACTICE. AREN’T WE EVOLVED ENOUGH AS A SPECIES TO KNOW BETTER? THIS IS HUMILIATING TO ALL OF HUMANITY AND A COMPLETE WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS. GET WITH IT UTAH, SHOW SOME REAL COURAGE AND HUMANITY.

  • Kim Chodkowski says:

    This is just so sick, barbaric and inhumane! Stop these acts now and the torture of these poor innocent animals should end. people who practice such acts are definitely no better than animals – how can we call some people like that ‘human being’ or ‘intelligent species’?

  • Alexandra Scarborough says:

    This is unconscionable, and it won’t stop until you intervene.

  • Deborah Salonek says:

    Please stop the needless suffering of animals in animal labs!

  • Fred says:

    Please stop all funding to these barbaric practices. I am sure there is some non-animal course available for experimentation.

  • tine krogh says:

    Please stop your animaltesting!!!!!!!!!

  • Martyna Gula says:

    STOP THIS VIOLENCE AND TORTURE OF THIS INNOCENT CREATURES!!!

  • Lora says:

    STOP ANIMAL TESTING!!!

  • FAYE COSMA says:

    My tax dollars are helping to pay for these inhumane, unethical experiments and I very much resent it. Stop this funding NOW!!!

  • Elise Margulis says:

    Testing can be done on computers. Please stop torturing animals. It’s practically 2012! Let’s stop with the barbaric cruelty!

  • Janet Flora says:

    Stop the suffering. Stop using our money to fund abuse of any animals in any labs. Stop, stop, stop! There are better, more humane, effect methods to test. Fund only those.

  • Tara Beirne says:

    This is not civilised.

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