Watchdog agency claims research animals mistreated

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — An animal rights watchdog group has filed a complaint against the University of Southern Mississippi for negligent treatment of its research animals.

Michael A. Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, in his complaint letter to the United States Department of Agriculture, said USM staff members have exhibited a continuing multi-month pattern of disregard for the well-being of these animals.

SAEN based its complaint on a USDA report from September of a Southern Miss research facility where tick research was being conducted.

Southern Miss officials said the tick research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Gordon Cannon, vice provost for research, tells The Hattiesburg American ( ) the research is well-respected in the scientific community and important in determining the transmission of disease by ticks.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

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