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PETA filmed this video at the university back in 2009

Animal rights charity PETA is calling upon the University of Utah to stop using animals in experiments.

The organization has teamed up with Students for Animal Welfare [SAW] – a university-recognized student organization – to request that the university stops testing on rabbits, lambs, and monkeys.

Complaints

According to PETA, the university has been involved in experiments ‘which violated grant guidelines’.

It says: “20 lambs were given ‘pulmonary function tests’, killing one, even though the experiments had not been approved by the oversight body, and two rabbits endured prolonged deaths during euthanasia using a procedure that the American Veterinary Medical Association has expressly said is ‘unacceptable’ under any circumstances.

“A marmoset monkey suffered and died after experimenters decided to continue with a highly invasive 14-hour brain surgery, despite having failed to insert an IV catheter.”

‘Painful’

PETA Senior Vice President, Kathy Guillermo, said: “University of Utah’s experimenters’ rogue, fumbling actions resulted in animals enduring drawn-out, painful deaths.

“PETA is calling for these apparently incompetent experimenters to be stripped of their funding and to have all their ‘animal use privileges’ revoked by the university’s oversight committee immediately.”

‘Humane’

A spokesperson told PBN: “The University of Utah is committed to carrying out exceptional research to advance veterinary and human medicine, health, and well-being. 

“We recognize that high-quality science and humane animal care are inseparable, and we are devoted to ensuring the humane care of laboratory animals in our research programs. 

“Among other stringent measures, a board of experts rigorously reviews each animal study and a devoted team of veterinarians and professional staff monitors every animal, every day. 

“The University takes its responsibilities seriously, and self-reports all infractions and implements corrective actions immediately. 

“Although incidents are extremely rare, we are committed to reducing the number to zero and ensuring humane animal care for every research study.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.