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Newly Revealed Records Shed Light on School's Cruel Animal Experiments and Violations of Law
For Immediate Release:September 26, 2011
Contact:Robbyn Brooks 202-483-7382
Baltimore -- In response to a lawsuit filed by PETA in the
Circuit Court for Baltimore City over alleged violations of the Maryland Public
Information Act, the University of Maryland–Baltimore (UMB) has now provided
PETA with more than 100 pages of records related to the university's
taxpayer-funded invasive and deadly experiments on animals. These documents
reveal details of cruel brain experiments on ferrets and rats and multiple
citations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the
federal Animal Welfare Act.
"The documents reluctantly released by the university
show that millions of tax dollars are used at UMB to torment and kill animals
in cruel experiments that routinely violate the law," says PETA Vice
President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "It's clear why
UMB tried to evade open records laws in a desperate attempt to protect the
The documents show that rats and ferrets had holes drilled
into their heads, electrodes inserted, and metal screws driven into their
skulls in order to hold in place a metal post and recording device that
measured brain responses to different sounds. The rats were locked in chambers
and blasted with loud noise for an hour to induce "ringing in the
ears." If they were "accidentally" caused to go deaf, they were
The documents also describe incidents in 2007 and 2008 for
which the school was cited or investigated by federal authorities. These
include incidents in which two baboons died during a transfusion procedure in
which they were not properly monitored, sick animals were not provided with
veterinary treatment, and primates who were suffering from signs of severe
psychological stress were not identified and treated. In addition, mice died of
starvation or dehydration when employees forgot to check on them for days.
In 2010, UMB was cited by federal authorities for not
adequately searching for alternatives to animal tests and for failing to
provide animals with adequate veterinary treatment and oversight.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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