FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Contact: Jodie Wiederkehr, Center For Ethical Science (CFES), 773-726-0589
INCOMPETENCE CAUSES EXTREME SUFFERING AND DEATH AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Federal Law Violated, Charges Research Watchdog
NASHVILLE, TN – Failure to follow protocol has left a rabbit dead, which resulted in a criticalviolation of the federal Animal Welfare Act by the USDA.
According to a September 12, 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report, "A rabbit kicked its hind legs and vocalized loudly during anesthetic induction with injectable drugs at 7:55 am. The researchers proceeded with the surgery and post operative records at 12:30 and 13:30 state that the "legs are paralyzed". The postoperative analgesic was noted given at 18:30. A veterinarian was not contacted until the
In a letter to Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer, Director of the Eastern Region of the USDA/APHIS (Animal and Plant Inspection Services), Jodie Wiederkehr, Executive Director of the Center For Ethical Science (CFES), charged, "Vanderbilt University's neglect and repeated refusals to contact a veterinarian in serious situations jeopardizes the safety of the animals in their care." CFES is urging the USDA to launch a full investigation into this incident and levy the largest fine allowable against VanderbiltUniversity of at least $10,000 per non-compliance.
"Vanderbiltshould be held accountable for their negligence which led to the unnecessary suffering of these animals," Wiederkehr stated.
All federal reports are available upon request.