NASHVILLE – Recently-obtained federal laboratory violations reports reveal that negligence inside Vanderbilt labs have taken the lives of several animals, while others have had painful brain scraping procedures done without anesthesia.
USDA reports obtained by SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) reveal that in January 2007, a rabbit was killed by being run through a cage washer at Vanderbilt. In May of 2007 three cotton rats were killed due to improper handling. Another federal violation report for Vanderbilt describes a primate who was subjected to a painful brain-scrape procedure without benefit of anesthesia or pain relief of any kind.
According to SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) Vanderbilt’s laboratories have piled up 64 federal violations in the last two years, placing them among the nation’s worst laboratories.
In a recent two year period Vanderbilt’'s experimental animal use has climbed by 52% as federal funding of animal experimentation at Vanderbilt has topped $170 million.
SAEN has contacted Jeanne Wallace, Vanderbilt'’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research to demand a tour of all animal laboratories.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell) www.saenonline.org