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University of Texas Lab Cited for Animal Abuse

Written by PETA | September 12, 2011

After receiving damning reports from someone working inside the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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.

 

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • Phyl says:

    Cruelty to animals MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY! No more testing…no more abusive treatment of any innocent animal. If you like to do these experiments, do them on yourselves!

  • Michelle Kehm says:

    Truly horrifying that animals used for these experiments are left to die and be treated as nothing more than a piece of trash! When will animals receive the same respect as all living beings?

  • Miss Piggy says:

    You “people” should be ashamed! No wonder that some animals attack humans, we deserve it because of ones like you,you murderers.

  • Tami Klossing says:

    Stop the cruelty or we find a way to stop your FUNDING! It’s as simple as that.

  • Deb says:

    How can you people even live with yourselves, you are monsters. Don’t you have pets at home? I hope someday you are subjected to all the cruelty you have given to these innocent creatures. Stop the needless cruelty now.

  • Evalyn says:

    STOP! HAS TO BE STOPPED!! ENOUGH!! PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS!!! ANIMALS ARE LIKE HUMANS, THEY’RE OUR BESTFRIENDS LOVE!!!!

  • Patrícia Rodrigues says:

    There is NO REASON to use live, innocent, defensless animals to do these horrible “experiments” on. The ONLY reason I can think of why you have’nt used other methods, is money. I’ts probably cheaper to torture & kill animals. IT´s UP TO YOU TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!!!!!! STOP THIS NOW!! THERE IS NO REASON FOR THIS TO GO ON!!

  • tanya schneider says:

    please stop torturing the innocent

  • Heather Davis says:

    Stop this cruelty to these helpless animals. It is inhumane to treat them so poorly. Would you want to live a life like they are living? God sees everything!

  • mary ann lajoie says:

    WE have spent millions to develop simulators and alternative proven methods . Bone up Texas. INvest in simulators and join the other colleges that have closed their cruel animal labs. This is also not a very positive way to teach our children, is it. Cruelty to animals is unacceptable in labs, classrooms or in any research.

  • Margaret Green says:

    Lucia, you are so right, God gave us care of animals. Just because humans can fight back, they do not have things like this done to them, but because animals can’t argue back, then they suffer. These people will be judged by the Almighty for what they have done. I do not envy them the consequences of their actions.

  • Rose says:

    This is horrifying and revolting…how can animal testing still be allowed to happen in this day and age!This really sickens me.

  • Elena says:

    stop experiments on animals

  • Nicole Dunlap says:

    If you can perform these acts you have no soul. It’s time to end this! Put you in their paws!!!!

  • Ioana Cristina Pop says:

    STOP any kind of experiments on innocent living beings!!!

  • Dijana Knezevic says:

    Stop this cruelty!

  • Kartik Shah says:

    Stop this terrible cruelty towards animals. USDA should take a drastic step to cancel the license for operating the lab. if such inhumane behaviour and experiments are being continued. One such drastic step and all other labs in the country will fall in line as well as drug & pharma companies.

  • SHEILA LASSER MARQUETTE says:

    MR CALLEDER I CANT BELIEVE THE HORRORS OF WHAT YOU ARE CONDUCTING!I HAVE IN THE PAST PROTESTED MIKE VICK,USF AND A LONG LIST OF OTHERS I WILL BE GLAD TO ADD YOU TO MY LIST!HOW DO YOU NOT THINK OF THIS AT NIGHT WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES.PRAY IN CHURCH,LOOK AT YOUR OWN PETS NOT YOUR WALLET!

  • Lucyfr says:

    Do you REALLY have to do this so inhumanely?! For goodness sake!!!!!!!!!!! The eyes of the World are on you now!

  • Ekaterina says:

    STOP THIS CRUELTY! For God!!!

  • VC says:

    Really? 2012 coming up and people are still doing these things to animals? What the hell is wrong with people? I don’t even have the words to type out the frustration, anger and confusion of why companies and labs still test on animals!! Stop this now! jesus christ

  • Gwen says:

    STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY NOW!!!!

  • sandra aube says:

    Please help to save the animals! God Bless!

  • Katie says:

    I actually have relatives going into the medical field who just so happen to live in Texas. I’m telling them about this and making sure they don’t go to such a cruel institute. This place obviously doesn’t give two craps about animals I can only imagine how they treat their students. There is no excuse for animal abuse or any form of animal testing whether it follows the Animal Welfare Act or not.

  • Oceane says:

    STOP IT ! Human are crual… we have to stop us now …

  • Petra Treitz says:

    Please stop the use of animal experiments, there are humane alternatives available. There is no excuse for letting animals knowingly suffer. Show some compassion and humanity.

  • Ann C. Schult says:

    Stop the crimes against innocent animals. Tear down this wall. The critters love us, stop the pain and unnecessary experiments.

  • Nicholas Gysi says:

    Stop cruelty.

  • Chaina Nelson says:

    I remember when I was very young ‘experiments’ were conducted on animals while the media explained it was necessary to help humans. Decades later they,Universities and the military, and independent companies are still doing the same cruel, horrific acts in a very inhumane way to all types of animals. Sadly, it is all about politics and the almight buck that keeps this continuing. What will make it stop or even be conducted in the most humane way possible? I JUST DON’T KNOW!

  • Margy says:

    We are supposed to be the most intelligent species on the planet…… well, we’re the only one, that experiments and tortures others. We’re the only one, that deliberately harms, destroys, deprives, breaks up families and ruins the lives and habitats of other species…… Wow, that’s super intelligent!!!! We’d better wake up!!

  • Dawn Oesterle says:

    Let’s do the same to the humans who practices this treatment to animals,not even using pain relief. They know there’s other alternatives…..

  • Tricha says:

    How can man hurt a loyal friend?!? karma

  • Sara Jane Howell says:

    It is unbelievable that Texas University practices such procedures on live animals without humane consideration for their pain or suffering. You not only make me ashamed of being a Texan, but disgusted that such people as you live in the same statebin which I live.

  • Patricia Stanley says:

    this is unforgivable and so incredibly horrible and cruel this has to STOP. I pray every day for of Gods poor little helpless creatures. you people will rot in hell.

  • Georgina says:

    I’m so fed up with these idiots who think it’s OK to abuse and experiment on animals! No job or research is worth the pain and suffering of ANY animal! It’s bad enough it’s allowed but the people who abuse the poor animals and let them die in pain have no soul! SHAME On those people and anyone who allows that to happen! The laws need to change so that ALL animal abuse is an automatic FELONY with jail time and HUGE fines!

  • olivia elkins says:

    An institution such as UTMB should be promoting higher education for the masses; not damning living creatures to tortuous tests that are redundant and serve no purpose. Did any of these lab techs ever have a pet while growing up? Was there any bond made between animal and human? I pray so; for the animal’s sake and survival.

  • olivia elkins says:

    An institution such as UTMB should be promoting higher education for the masses; not damning living creatures to tortuous tests that are redundant and serve no purpose. Did any of these lab techs ever have a pet while growing up? Was there any bond made between animal and human? I pray so; for the animal’s sake and survival.

  • Liv says:

    I only hope those who commit these barbaric acts against innocent defenceless animals get a taste of their own medicine.

  • Doc Bondeezo says:

    THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND IT’S MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY IT’S ANIMALS ARE TREATED.

  • Tamara N. Swart says:

    ANY animal cruelty/neglect, for ANY reason is inherently wrong & evil. Nothing (even cures for diseases) makes animal cruelty o.k. We didn’t create this planet. It isn’t our toy. Neither are the other LIVE beings upon it. Killing other living beings for any reason besides (humane killing like free-range chicken, grass fed beef, hunting w/quick & slight pain death) FOOD ONLY SHOULD NEVER OCCUR. The circle of life demands that animals eat animals (including people eating meat), but to kill for make-up, or even to prolong life . . . is wrong. We have too many people on the planet anyway. Millions die hungry, we’re over-running the planet, destroying the planet. . . ALL Life is precious. We should be living thee best we can in harmony with the earth, the animals, and the planet. If our ticket expires because science didn’t find a cure. I am fine with that.

  • Doc Bondeezo says:

    THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND IT’S MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY TNE WAY IT’S ANIMALS ARE TREATED.

  • Victoria McVey says:

    I was appalled by the cruelty and lack of compassion for these poor helpless and defenceless animals, and that the human race has so uncaring and unfeeling for the creatures that can not help themselves. Too bad these terrible things are not done to the people that are doing the hurting so they will know how it feels.

  • David says:

    Please take disciplinary action against those that were involved in these abuses and review your school’s policy on using animals for medical experimentation or research. Step up and be the first in your state to take a pledge to stop using animals for this purpose.

  • jodie A Myers says:

    Please stop this useless use of animals in experiments.

  • Ellie says:

    With the USDA having found many violations, then at least part of our outrage, should be directed to that agency, demanding that they take immediate action to correct these so-called “oversight” issues! They must hold those in charge at UTMB acountable in no uncertain terms. Claiming “OVERSIGHT ISSUES” is not an acceptable response when pain/suffering to any living creature has resulted from ongoing stupidity. It is the mandated responsibility of these “researchers” to know, understand, and comply with all guidelines/mandates. Nothing less is acceptable. If they cannot interpret the rules, written in plain English, then of what value could any research they perform ever possibly have, for anyone, anywhere? Leads us to wonder what on earth these loons are doing, doesn’t it? Does the team leader just walk in and say: “here’s the animal’s, there’s the drugs/tools…get busy? How can such gross negligence happen? There is evidently never a paper trail of research organizations’ previous inability to follow the rules, when it’s grant time. Otherwise, grantor’s would think twice about giving big bucks to such idiots to conduct research, who make complete fools of themselves, and in doing so, subject helpless animals to unspeakable, unnecessary pain and suffering. Money makes the deplorable industry of vivisection possible. A tangled web of dishonesty, ignorance and complete disregard for the welfare of animals. Ultimately, different agencies/departments engage in protectionism of the other and ultimately, little, if anything is accomplished. Unless we speak out and speak out loudly. Let’s buck up and send letters of outrage to the USDA, demanding that it take positive action on this issue, swiftly and surely. Ellie The USDA should not get off the hook on this issue!

  • Mimi says:

    People who do this to animals have NO heart. They care more about the money than the welfare of animals. Some people might say it’s because they are looking for a cure to stop an infection or someother reason, but why test on animals? What did they ever do to us? I hate how people use excuses to make what they are doing seem reasonable. Animals feel pain too!!! How would YOU like it if I ripped a big hole in you and left you to die without anything to relieve the pain? People who can treat these animals like this are horrible, insignificant, heartless, cruel, sinful, and absolutely disgusting people. I would never be a friend of there’s AT ALL and i hope no one is!

  • Cynthia says:

    Those who abuse animals, also abuse people. Only an emotionally disturbed human being would use animals against their will. Every abuse will come back to you “Ten Fold” You can be sure that these animals souls shall haunt you to the end of time………. How do you live with yourselves?

  • michele servitt says:

    WHY DO YOU DO THIS SHIT!!!!! ANIMALS DESRVE TO LIVE PAIN FREE AND I WISH YOU FELT THE PAIN THEY DID, YOU ALL WHO TORTURE THEM DESERVE TO BE IN THEIR PLACE!!!! STOP THIS CRAP!!!

  • Debbie myers says:

    I propose on college night, this information is made public, I wouldn’t want to support this sickening activity by paying tuition for my son or daughter in a school that is abusive.

  • NICKIE PATE says:

    NO EXCUSE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE!! SHAME ON YOU! ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS AND A SOUL, MORE THAN MOST HUMANS!!! GOD WILL GET YOU FOR THIS–BELIEVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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