Target: Tobin R. Boenig, Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Goal: Investigate allegations of cruelty and ultimately shut down the animal testing laboratory at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) continues to use animals for deadly, painful, unnecessary tests. There have been numerous reports of egregious animal abuse and neglect at this facility in which animals are burned, tortured, and left for dead without any veterinary attention. Animals in this laboratory die a slow painful death by the hands of their untrained, uncaring staff. Urge Tobin R. Boenig, Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch Agency to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations of cruelty at UTMB’s laboratory and ultimately shut down this improper facility.
Numerous animals have been suffering needlessly in cruel, torturous tests performed by laboratory technicians at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. There have been several reports of blatant animal abuse and neglect in which animals have anguished for hours in pain while dying a slow death instead of being allowed the pain-free existence and humane euthanasia they deserve. Dogs have been barbarically cut open and had tubes placed in their bowels to replicate irritable bowel syndrome. There have been various reports of dogs dying during surgery or shortly thereafter, never being given any pain medicine or veterinary care. The laboratory also uses sheep in cruel experiments that involve severing their spinal cords or inducing nerve injuries. Sheep have suffered broken legs and internal injuries, all endured without pain relief or veterinary attention. Mice are inflicted with third degree burns on forty percent of their bodies and forced to inhale smoke in burn studies conducted by improperly trained, heartless staff.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has already been fined $9,143 by the United States Department of Agriculture for their blatant violations of the Animal Welfare Act. However, a thorough investigation must be conducted in order to prevent the pain and suffering of animals who continue to die in torment by the hands of the careless staff at UTMB. If technicians cannot provide the simplest of needs to animals doomed to a life of needless misery and agonizing existence then the laboratory should no longer be allowed to operate. Please urge Tobin R. Boenig, Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch Agency, to conduct a thorough investigation into the repeated animal offenses at their laboratory and to immediately shut down their operation if basic standards of care for these animals cannot be provided.
Dear Mr. Tobin R. Boenig,
Recent allegations have surfaced regarding animal abuse and neglect at your University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Laboratory. Despite the fine of $9,143 imposed by the United States of Agriculture for blatant violations of the Animal Welfare Act, animals continue to be subjected to painful testing and agonizing deaths at the hands of your improperly trained, callous technicians.
Mice are purposely burned and forced to inhale smoke, often dying a painful death due to dehydration as a result of neglect. Dogs endure painful bowel surgeries and often die during the operation or shortly thereafter, having never been given pain medicine or veterinary treatment. Sheep continue to suffer tortuorous spine manipulations, frequently leaving them paralyzed and unable to care for themselves. They too die a painful death without ever being given the simplest of comforts such as pain medicine or proper monitoring and compassionate handling by keepers.
Please conduct a thorough investigation at your University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Laboratory and hold the abusers accountable for their mistreatment and neglect of these innocent creatures. Consider shutting down your testing facility altogether as this is the only definitive way to prevent the needless suffering of more animals at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
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