Pamplin Media Group – OHSU fined nearly $38,000 for animal welfare violations

Oregon Health & Science University is settling with the USDA after investigating incidents at its animal testing sites.

Oregon Health & Science University will pay nearly $38,000 in fines for a series of animal welfare violations from 2018 to 2021.

In late October, OHSU agreed to pay $37,900 to settle a fine from the US Department of Agriculture’s Investigative Services, the organization announced on Tuesday, November 1.

“To avoid a potentially lengthy and costly litigation process, OHSU leaders have elected to pay the fine,” an OHSU statement read. “The IES settlement agreement included several alleged violations for which OHSU is penalized. OHSU had self-reported these incidents, as required, to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare when they happened.”

The charges were collected after a 2021 investigation into animal injuries and deaths at three of OHSU’s animal care facilities. OHSU operates animal testing sites, including the state’s largest, Oregon’s National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro. The Sites are operated in the context of ongoing research and experimentation related to health care.

According to OHSU, nine incidents were investigated, including part of a monkey’s tail amputated after being caught in a gap between enclosures; another monkey who had to be euthanized after his head got stuck between two PVC pipes; skullcap treatment for two ferrets; four voles who died of thirst because they weren’t watered in time; a monkey who was injured but recovered after becoming trapped under a stainless steel drain cover; two dead monkeys accidentally scalded when put through a cage washing machine; two marmosets euthanized after developing intracranial abscesses; five gerbils who died of starvation and two monkeys who fought and injured themselves after a slide mechanism on their cages failed to secure.

The research university listed the mitigation and prevention measures taken in response to each incident.

Animal rights groups have long scrutinized OHSU for its animal research that has resulted in injury and death, arguing that the majority of animal research does not lead to treatments or cures for humans. . Animal rights groups Stop Animal Experimentation Now (SAEN) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been vocal opponents.

“The National Primate Research Center in Oregon has shown time and time again that it cannot or will not comply with animal welfare laws, and the federal government should shut it down immediately,” the vice said. – PETA President Alka Chandna in response to recent fines imposed on OHSU.

SAEN co-founder Michael Budkie also wants federal regulators to shut down the Primate Research Center, “due to continued federal violations.”

“If these regulations had been followed, there would have been no fines and the university would not have racked up 18 violations in just a few years,” Budkie said.

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