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University Forced to Reveal the Names of Animal Abusers

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Posted January 21, 2015 by Hannah Healy

Animals feel pain just as humans do! Animal testing, or “vivisection,” cannot be done without causing suffering—and in most cases, innocent animals who didn’t choose to donate their bodies to science are killed.

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Animals suffering at a different testing facility than UCHC.

On December 19, 2014, a Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled in PETA’s favor and ordered the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to turn over grant numbers and the names of the experimenters who violated federal laws and policies governing experiments on animals. At least 20 violations were recorded between 2009 and 2012—the year when PETA first sought out the information through a public records request.

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Animals suffering at a different testing facility than UCHC.

Violations included conducting unapproved procedures on mice and rabbits—which resulted in some animals’ deaths—and failing to provide animals with proper pain relief after surgery. Some of the offenses were so serious that projects were suspended, experimenters’ animal-use privileges were revoked, UCHC was fined, and charges to federal grants were disallowed. And these violations were just the latest in UCHC’s long history of animal abuse and run-ins with the authorities.

In October 2012, PETA filed a Freedom of Information Act request to gain access to the details of these noncompliant taxpayer-funded experiments, but UCHC unlawfully hid the names of the responsible experimenters as well as their federal grant numbers, making it impossible to determine who violated the law and how much taxpayer money may have been misspent on illicit experiments. PETA will use the information that it has gained access to in order to request that the violators be denied federal funding for future experiments on animals.

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Animals suffering at a different testing facility than UCHC.

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Animals suffering at a different testing facility than UCHC.

Experimenters try to keep their dirty work a secret because they know that if people learn how animals are tormented in laboratories, the public outcry would be deafening and their days of poisoning, crippling, and killing would be numbered.

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