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April 17, 2014

USDA Files Complaint Against Alaska University for Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against the University of Alaska, Fairbanks citing multiple alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the alleged starvation and death of twelve muskoxen. Kathleen Conlee, vice president of animal research issues at The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

“We are encouraged by the USDA’s filing of a formal complaint against the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The HSUS urges the judge to pursue the strictest action possible due to the severity of the alleged violations. Violations of this nature call for meaningful enforcement including levying fines that are serious enough to send a strong message that preventable animal suffering and death are unacceptable. It is crucial to continue to bolster the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act to increase the assurance of the welfare of animals in research facilities.”

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