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Animal rights group files federal complaint over UF animal testing

Animal Rights group files federal complaint over UF animal testing gone wrong{ }

An animal rights group has filed a federal complaint alleging that research animals have died because of illegal procedure at the University of Florida lab.

SAEN, an Ohio-based animal research watchdog, filed the complaint with the U.S Department of Agriculture.

The group said a botched surgical procedure partially paralyzed a goat.

It also said a rabbit had to be euthanized after it cut its leg on a faulty enclosure.

SAEN co-founder Michael Budkie said these cases and others demonstrate a pattern of negligence.

"An animal that dies of starvation because UF couldn't be bothered to provide food, a goat that is left partially paralyzed, and rabbit severely injured just by the cage it's living in...", Budkie said.

The University of Florida released this statement today:

"University research involving animals is subject to stringent federal laws and regulatory inspections. UF is fully committed to adhering to these requirements. When incidents do occur, the university self-reports them to the appropriate regulatory agencies as required by law. This was the case for the referenced incident with the rabbit. Additionally, the university also took appropriate measures to prevent re occurrence, which included altering the cage which contributed to the animal's leg injury.

UF conducted an internal investigation after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding a goat's progress following surgery. No findings of noncompliance were identified.

UF's animal care and use program has been accredited since 1966. UF veterinarians oversee animal care and strive to always provide a healthy, safe environment for the animals."



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