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USDA Imposes $3.5 Million Penalty on Santa Cruz Biotechnology for Animal Welfare Violations

The Humane Society of the United States applauds historical action


The Humane Society of the United States applauds a settlement agreement that will effectively end the abuse of animals by Santa Cruz Biotechnology. The agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the largest civil penalty in the 50-year history of the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.

SCBT will lose its license to operate as a dealer, as well as its registration to operate as a research facility with the USDA, essentially shutting the business down. It will also pay a penalty of $3.5 million.

SCBT has a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations. The violations include having numerous severely sick and injured animals, providing inadequate veterinary care, failing to avoid and minimize pain and distress and failing to consider alternatives to procedures involving animal pain and distress as required by law. USDA inspectors discovered that SCBT was housing more than 800 goats after SCBT officials denied the animals’ existence to the USDA.

The HSUS and its members, along with numerous other animal welfare organizations, have called for tough enforcement in this case. Kathleen Conlee, vice president of Animal Research Issues for The HSUS said:

“The public was outraged when we brought the plight of thousands of animals at Santa Cruz Biotechnology to their attention. We urged the USDA to pursue strong penalties and prohibit this facility from continuing its business given its lengthy record of violations of the minimal welfare standards the law requires. We are grateful to the agency for doing just that with this historic agreement, sparing immense suffering of animals in the company’s care.”

Media Contact:
Samantha Miller: 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org       

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