Animal rights group says MU acted irresponsibly in six research studies

2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago Tuesday, May 01 2018 May 1, 2018 Tuesday, May 01, 2018 7:01:00 PM CDT May 01, 2018 in Top Stories
By: Kevin Ko and Ethan Burks, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - An animal rights group said more than two dozen lab animals died in MU research facilities over the past two years as the university failed to provide proper care.

The Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) organization is calling for an independent investigation.

"At the conclusion of their investigation, we believe that any of their staff involved with the abuse and negligence of animals should be terminated," SAEN executive director Michael Budkie said.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi said the university has complied with all laws and regulations and that every death has been reported.

"If we do have instances where we have a mistake that's being made that compromises the care of the animal, it's reported to the national government," he said. 

KOMU received Health and Human Services documents addressing the animal deaths highlighting six cases from February 2016 to December 2017. The documents show five mice died of dehydration; 16 died after surgical experiments and 17 died in cages with a restricted air supply. 

The documents show the Health and Human Services' Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare closed the investigations and we're satisfied that proper protocol was followed by the university. 

Basi said researchers and veterinarians are both present when animals are subjected to testing. He said that's to ensure proper care is given towards the animals by professional veterinarians who know how to handle them with care.

Animal research approval is also a rigorous process, Basi said. A committee must approve all animal testing before any experiments take place and if anything goes wrong, veterinarians are to report any incidents to the oversight committee.

Budkie said the university needs to set up a database to track the welfare of its animals.

"If you can't follow the federal regulations and keep the animals alive then you shouldn't be able to work with animals," he said.

Basi say the university believes animal testing is warranted and takes every precaution to ensure the animals are safe.

"We take the responsibility of our research mission very seriously and without the research, that includes animals, we would not have many of the answers to the disease treatments that we do today," Basi said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- US President Donald Trump said Monday he holds both the United States and Russia responsible for the breakdown... More >>
38 minutes ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 11:08:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Work to remove several large pin oaks from Mizzou's Francis Quadrangle began Monday after a recent study showed... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 10:17:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat,... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 9:52:57 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch,... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 9:37:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man died in Iowa Saturday morning during police pursuit. A Fayette County Sheriff's... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County deputies investigate a death at North Lakewood Drive and East St. Charles Road. Deputies... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:15:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff's deputies will continue to patrol the Little Dixie Conservation Area Sunday night and into... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:10:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Ragtag Cinema showed the World Cup Final against France and Croatia Sunday on its movie screens free of charge.... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 7:53:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY - Two cities in Boone County have higher numbers of traffic stops involving minorities, according to an annual... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 6:56:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Amazon has successfully invented a new shopping holiday, and it's set to capitalize on the rewards. ... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:19:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man suspected of shooting three Kansas City police officers, a newspaper... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:34:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
CHICAGO (AP) — Footage from body cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and killed by... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:07:56 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A proposed ballot initiative aims to replace Missouri's system for drawing state legislative districts with a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:46:43 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will likely remain above normal... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - 37-year-old Brett Davidson of Clarksville, Tennessee was pronounced dead after drowning in the Lake of the Ozarks,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:53:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley both met with supporters and volunteers Saturday at each of their... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:43:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, in August.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:50:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - House hunters are looking beyond Columbia due to a lack of middle-income housing in the city. Realtor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
12pm 91°
1pm 92°
2pm 92°
3pm 92°