The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “PETA spy infiltrates U. animal-research labs, documents alleged suffering.” An investigator documented miserable conditions for and terrible suffering of the dogs, cats, monkeys, rats, mice, rabbits, frogs, cows, pigs, and sheep at animal-research labs at University of Utah.
The allegations are:
- Failed to ensure that experiments minimized discomfort, distress and pain to the animals. In one case, up to 17 kittens from three litters died or were euthanized — with no experiment data generated — after injections to induce hydrocephalus.
- Discouraged the filing of health status reports to staff veterinarians — “even when animals were clearly in distress.”
- Failed to provide adequate housing and management for animals that, in some instances, led to unnecessary stress, pain, injury or death.
- Failed to provide minimal enrichment for animals — companionship for monkeys, balls for pigs, paper towels for mice — to reduce emotional stress.
Sounds like cruelty to me. But what do I know? I’m not a VP of Research or anything.
Here’s what Tom Parks, the University of Utah VP of Research (801-581-7236, email@example.com), said:
“It’s a remarkably banal list of ordinary events in an animal-care facility.”
You heard it! The list of cruel treatment above is “ordinary.”