Target: University of Kansas Chancellor Burnadette Gray-Little
Goal: Put a stop to medical experiments performed on animals at the University of Kansas Medical Center
The medical center at the University of Kansas made headlines again when a goat recently died in its lab. In January of 2010, the center was cited for 160 USDA and Animal Welfare Act violations. In May of 2010, KU was forced to pay $62,000 for 63 more violations. This past January during a routine inspection by the USDA, KU was also cited for inadequate veterinary care, improper reporting, and improper supervision during experiments.
The USDA reported that the goat’s death was the result of a test involving both anesthesia and a paralytic drug. Because the test wasn’t being properly monitored, the paralytic wasn’t reversed before the goat recovered from the anesthesia, resulting in respiratory failure.
The Director of Communications for the KU Medical Center has since made claims that the tests went according to standards and that the facility is in the process of appealing the citation. The animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now is encouraging the USDA to proceed with an investigation in the hopes that there will be no more negligent deaths.
Despite the facility’s attempts to meet the standards imposed by the USDA and the Animal Welfare Act, including $700,000 in renovations, it doesn’t seem as though the University of Kansas Medical Center will ever be able to provide the respect and care the animals at its facility deserve. This isn’t to suggest that experimenting on animals is ever an acceptable practice, but in a case such as this, it is completely unacceptable for any parties involved, the USDA and university chancellor included, to let this kind of cruelty and negligence continue. Please show your support and help save the lives of these animals by putting an end to animal experimentation at the KU Medical Center.
Dear Chancellor Gray-Little,
The University of Kansas has made headlines again, only it isn’t for winning a basketball championship or a student’s success. It isn’t for something good at all, actually. Your medical center was responsible for yet another Animal Welfare Act violation when a goat was killed as the result of the negligence of those working in the lab.
Over the last 2 years the medical center has received nearly 200 citations for such violations, and despite renovations and claims it has finally met the USDA standards, it doesn’t seem as though there will ever be an end to incidents like this in the facility. Animal experimentation is a cruel endeavor, and whatever fruits might result of that labor, the means will never justify the ends.
I strongly urge you to put a stop to animal testing at the KU Medical Center before any more lives are harmed, or worse, lost. It is one thing to use a life for some eventual good, but it is something else entirely to treat that life as if it has no value at all. Please stop the cruelty now.
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