UC–Denver Reprimanded by NIH for Violating Federal Animal Welfare Guidelines

October 2012 

After reviewing evidence collected and submitted by PETA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reprimanded the University of Colorado–Denver (CU) for repeatedly violating federal animal welfare guidelines in its laboratories—including failing to supply pain relief to animals used in invasive surgeries, breaking a rabbit’s back through improper handling, and putting living mice into a freezer meant for dead animals. The NIH criticized CU for not reporting the problems and ordered the university to repay grant money used for noncompliant experiments on animals.

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