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USDA: No animal mistreatment by OHSU
11:18 AM PST on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
USDA clears OHSU following claims of animal mistreatment PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cleared Oregon Health & Science University of claims that medical research monkeys were mistreated following a complaint by an animal activist group.
In November, PETA said it had filed a complaint with the USDA over the treatment of monkeys at Oregon National Primate Research Center, which is operated by Oregon Health & Science University. Scientists defended their record of animal care at the center.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it had documented violations of federal animal protection laws by sending someone to work undercover for four months as a technician at the center.
In response, the USDA conducted a special two-day investigation. The report found OHSU in compliance.
This is the second time in the past seven years that an animal activist group has placed what they describe as an "investigator" in the primate center. In 2000, a former PETA employee and current employee of In Defense of Animals took a job at the primate center and then made claims of mistreatment. In that case, a two-month USDA inspection cleared the center of wrongdoing.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
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