February 21, 2014
Federal Violations Found at Georgia Regents University after Undercover Investigation
Five federal violations were cited at the Georgia Regents University research facility in Augusta following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
According to USDA’s findings, GRU failed to explain why it was singly housing primates, a known stressor for these intelligent and social animals. Exemptions from social housing are allowed under the Animal Welfare Act (such as scientific justification), but GRU gave no indication of such exemptions. Other violations include GRU’s failure to search for alternatives to dental extraction and an extreme build-up of waste in hamster cages.
The results of the USDA’s Dec. 17, 2013, inspection address some of the findings of the undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States, which raised concerns about the unnecessary use of dogs in painful dental implant experiments, lack of social housing for primates and an overall poor plan to address the psychological needs of primates.
HSUS is still asking the Georgia Regents to cease dental experiments on dogs and have a more transparent relationship with the Augusta community.
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