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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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  • Charmagne says:

    I cannot believe you condone such cruelty at this university over and over. DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW? Let’s do this. My son Christopher Manning (we live in Dallas) was to start attending your university next spring. Withdraw his application as not a penny of my money or any other college age students I know will come your way. DISGUSTING!

  • Paula Carv says:

    Stop this cruelty! they don´t deserve any of this! have a heart and put and end to this!!

  • Piyush says:

    Please stop this animal abuse. They are also living creatures. They do also feel pain & get scared. Imagine what if some psycho is abusing your children by killing them brutually. These animals are children of people like me who is a great animal lover. So stop ill treatment with animals.

  • Anacy Lehmkuhl says:

    Time to stop this barbaric torture of animals!!!

  • Jovana Krokodeilou says:

    It is unacceptable !!! Stop!!!

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  • Francesca says:

    HELLO it is 2011 and this shit is happening to these poor beautiful animals. Shame on those terrible humans causing pain ,i do hope that the laws do change it should be against the law to hold animals inthe hands of barbaric criminals. What a shame i do know that anyone who has a part in any kind of animal abuse will die the same way . God does not forget, believe in carma my friends it happens. THOSE IDOTS SHOULD PRACTICE ON EACH OTHER ! Now that is a great thought. Once again MAN destroys everything . It truly breaks my heart to hear such crap about animal abuse, it needs to s STOP , i will keep fighting for GODS helpless little and big creatures . I feel like I’m in a third world country . When is it going to stop , unbelievable.

  • MIRIAM says:



    its really sickening to think a person who is someones father husband dad or mother sister daughter can inflict pain and suffering on an helpless animal whos gives nothing but unconditionale love to you in the name of saving lives… the prisions are full of pure evil who truly do not deserve the comforts of protection they recieve lets pass a bill to USE THESE HEARTLESS AND SOULESS MONSTERS…

  • KAYO says:

    This is soooooooo unfair.. Think about the actions, please. Animals have a heart like your own Mother or Father. They are also somebody’s parents and have feelings. Please, don’t think of just money and a pat on the back for a cruel dish made. Every one of those is tainted with pain, suffering and sin. God has left this in your hands, because he watches your actions. The good and evil lives within you. The options are given to you. please, feel for the silent creature. Please, please stop. I pray to give you strength and the power to see beyond the matrix you live in. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please. Please, please , please stop .. please.

  • Cassie says:

    Experiments on animals is just pure laziness, these people at universities are supposed to be there to use their brains and yet they do not use them to devise non animal using experiments which are more advanced to using animals,because they are too lazy, much easier to cut up and stick it through an animal, much more easier to do, then sit down and go for a coffee

  • Cassie says:

    Experiments on animals is just pure laziness, these people at universities are supposed to be there to use their brains and yet they do not use them to devise non animal using experiments which are more advanced to using animals,because they are too lazy, much easier to cut up and stick it through an animal, much more easier to do, then sit down and go for a coffee

  • prairiegal says:

    Time to stop this barbaric torture of animals all in the name of humans. They don’t deserve to be treated in this manner at all. Test on humans instead.

  • salar motiei says:

    i’m really sad for you as a scientist to commit such crimes. are you heartless? are you abouve all being? who give you the right to tourcher another being for any reason?

  • Alexander Kerr says:

    I can only say it all sounds like a horror show from a stephen king novel and your staff sound like sadists. In fact any place other than a so called place of science and all of these acts would be crimes. Please join the ‘humane’ race. A medical school is supposed to be a place of ‘healing’ not torture, misery and death. Yours in humanity Alex!

  • DIANA CARR says:

    i am appalled to believe that so called “Intelligent” people should still be performing SUCH barbaric acts on innocent creatures and that it is not necessary at all. WAKE UP YOU LOT BEFORE WE HAVE NO ANIMALS LEFT ON THIS SAD/SICK EARTH

  • christiane prével says:

    experiments on animals is barbaric, absolutely inhuman! you have no dignity! you let think that mankind is the shame of this universe! torturing animals is a not a right, your right! stop this cruelty!

  • Lorraine Patterson says:

    It’s hard to believe that this sort of barbarism still persists in one of our institutions of “higher learning”. The people responsible should all be prosecuted and sent to prison. This is totally inexcusible.

  • Leticia Cortez says:

    This must stop, animals share something with humans, they too can feel pain. This testing is cruel and inhumane and must stop. Have you no shame

  • irela says:

    STOP! this is unavailable

  • Janie says:

    This all makes me ashamed to live in Texas.

  • rosemary packard says:

    I am outraged by this article and this schools experiments need to be shut down. These people have no feelings for anyone.

  • Amy Duhon says:

    I demand for this to come to a stop! I am absolutely disgusted to find this out. Animals do not have a voice therefore you are hearing our voice.

  • ellie says:

    i am a senior in high school and am looking for vet schools. guess what school i just crossed off my list?

  • Dorothy Gresham says:

    Please immediately put a stop to these extremely cruel and painful tests. Animals feele pain just like humans, the only thing is they cannot talk nor do anything about it. Please have a heart and show some compassion to these poor animals and stop your cruel testing.

  • Deborah McDougall says:

    Please stop this now!! And deal with these cruel and incompetent individuals immediately. They should be sacked and then prosecuted.

  • Tony says:

    How backward for this day in age! There is no reason to conduct such tests considering there are other more accurate alternatives, other than maybe a cheaper alternative as well as the possibility of manipulating the results. As for the sadistic nature, blatant disregard and lack of empathy, if this were to have taken place elsewhere other than a “lab” it would be considered a felony. However this should be no excuse and these ignorant sadistic individuals should be repromanded and held liable of cruelty.

  • jennifer matonti says:

    for the free.

  • Linda Maria Bellavia says:

    I demand that President David L. Callender of UTMB immediately discipline experimenters for their HORRENDOUS ANIMAL CRUELTY– and IMMEDIATELY STOP these evil experiments!!

  • Sherry Polite says:

    I am appalled by the way this school is getting away with this abuse. Experiments do not even need to be done on animal anymore. This is nothing but animal abuse and neglect. The whole place needs to be shut down and the people go to prison for the rest of their lives.

  • cschupp says:

    This is soooo insane. It is no wonder this planet is going to s~~t!!!!!! We will win this one, PETA with our help will Prevail. These animals need us to help them.

  • JoAnna Brown says:

    I am hoping very soon to see the day that any kind of experimentation or testing on any animal is Against The Law, and Unheard of! It’s Barbaric!

  • Brianda Maria says:

    Please stop this aughful practice, only God can manage life, we must protect indefense animals…what a shame

  • L. S. says:

    Cruelty in science only produces crappy data. Clean up your research now so that more animal lives in the future aren’t wasted.

  • Gabriela Seabra says:

    Please stop immediately discipline experimenters for their cruelty to animals.

  • Kris Aaron says:

    “It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • 4mula1 says:

    please visit, over 200 charities no longer fund animal research ( over 95% of u.s. medical schools no longer offer animal lab ( animal research has NEVER been validated ( does your charity STILL fund animal research?

  • Ted says:

    You don’t think thousands of us can block your funding? Just watch…

  • Alina says:

    Im Speachless!We really dont deserve this world. We are ruuning our nature and planet.

  • Sandra Rusby says:

    There is absolutely no need for animal testing anymore. You need to get with the times and stop animal cruelty.

  • irenea chilcote says:

    you alll make us sick, sometimes i wish the plantet of the aps would come true and go after all of you

  • Dina says:

    Quite simply: How do you sleep at night?

  • Melinda Robey says:

    I agree with Tami Klossing: Stop the cruely or we find a way to stop your FUNDING! Yep, that simple.

  • deborah delladora says:

    There is no reason for these animals to suffer. I don’t know how people can live with themselves.

  • Carole Lalonde says:

    You know there are other ways to do testing then the use of animals, especially if you have been cruel to animals. I can’t help but wonder how we would feel if one day we woke up and the world had changed overnight. We no longer were at the top of the food chain and the animals were dominating and we were the ones in the cages in your laboratory, would you fell safe? The animals do not deserve to be treated this way and anyone doing so should be severely punished. Please stop all testing on animals. Carole Lalonde Quebec, Canada

  • Tank Carson says:

    As a former student and graduate of the University of Texas it hardly makes me proud to think that this great university system is involved even remotely in any form of animal cruelty. Who are these sadists?

  • ivana carolina rios says:

    I ask UTMB President David L. Callender to immediately discipline experimenters for their cruelty to animals and, most important, inmediately stop those experiments.

  • DogWarrior says:

    How about using the researchers for experiments….or how about those thousands of criminals on death row that we, the taxpayers, are footing the bill for.

  • Dee Twitchell says:

    You should be ashamed!! Animals were not put on this earth for abuse such as yours! STOP IT!!

  • Pat Bacon says:

    What is wrong with you people? How can you do these horrible things to defenseless animals. As far as I can see you do no good that is worth their suffering and death.There is some kind of sadistic thing going on in this University. You all must have this sadistic streak that you enjoy the torture and killing of live animals.I am disgusted beyond belief. What a sick bunch you all are.