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Extra Violations of Federal Legislation at UMass: PETA Assertion

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July 21, 2022

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Amherst, Mass. – Please see the next assertion from PETA neuroscientist Dr. Katherine Roe concerning the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly launched citations of the College of Massachusetts–Amherst for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, together with failures of the college’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to hold out its legally mandated obligations. The USDA considers such failures to be grave, as they signify a breakdown of the system of oversight governing the usage of animals in experimentation.

The College of Massachusetts–Amherst’s (UMass) shoddy operations and carelessness quantity to animal abuse and should not be allowed to proceed. In accordance with a just-posted federal inspection report, the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) cited the college after its experimenters went rogue and stored younger hamsters in whole darkness for an extended period than had been accepted. Earlier this month, PETA filed a grievance with the USDA after studying that toddler hamsters in UMass’ laboratories had been held in full, fixed darkness for 200 days. The college was additionally cited for the failure of its animal experimentation oversight physique to correctly assessment a proposed experimental protocol involving separating toddler animals from their moms and for confining a mom hamster and her infants to a cage that was too small—and that had been inadequately cleaned, as inspectors discovered 3 inches of “strong and liquid excreta” within the enclosure.

These violations are simply the most recent at UMass: Mice have drowned, birds have starved to dying, zebrafish have died from overheating, and a number of other hundred mice who had simply undergone surgical procedure had been denied ache reduction. All these issues are along with the college’s use of fragile marmosets in lethal, pointless experiments on menopause—a situation these tiny monkeys don’t even expertise. UMass has additionally been cited by the USDA for its mistreatment of marmosets in these experiments, together with the dying of 1 after he was severely burned whereas recovering from surgical procedure.

UMass should shut down its animal laboratories, starting with its marmoset laboratory, and redirect its assets towards trendy, non-animal analysis strategies that can truly assist people. We urge officers there to undertake PETA’s Analysis Modernization Deal.

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