Thursday, October 22, 2009

Activists File Second Complaint Of Abuse Against Research Center

complaintMore complaints of animal neglect have been made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center.

For the second time this year, an animal rights group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency.

A complaint claiming similar neglect made in January by the group was determined to be unfounded by USDA inspectors during a March visit, said Dave Sacks, USDA agency spokesperson.

Sacks said the agency takes every complaint seriously and each is reviewed by inspectors.

The university also said it will review the records cited in Michael Budkie’s letter to the USDA, according to a statement released by ULL on Tuesday.

“Budkie routinely and frequently alleges animal welfare violations at universities and other research facilities around the country,” the statement says.

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