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PETA Keeps Fighting to Expose Lab Horrors

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200-utahlabsdog_jpg-550x0Because the University of Utah (the U) still doesn’t want to ‘fess up about exactly how experimenters are tormenting and killing dogs, cats, monkeys, and other animals behind the doors of its laboratories, PETA has filed a lawsuit against the U for withholding records.

We originally requested the records-which the school is required to release under Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA)-following our 8-month undercover investigation at the U, but the school repeatedly sought ways to stonewall and delayed releasing the documents for nearly a year.

PETA persisted, and school officials begrudgingly turned over 1,300 pages of records related to the animals locked inside the university’s laboratories, but with much of the key information deleted. They also charged us $2,420 for the records. This attempt to keep PETA from exposing the truth is not only unethical but also illegal. Under GRAMA, if the university wants to redact any information in a document, it is required to cite a legitimate reason for every single redaction, which the U failed to do. PETA now seeks to obtain the complete set of documents and force the U to repay some of the exorbitant fee it charged for the redaction-riddled records.

 

PETA’s 2009 investigation revealed that, among other abuses, a cat had holes drilled into his skull and electrodes inserted into his brain; week-old kittens had chemicals injected into their brains, causing painful fluid buildups; dogs had their chests cut open and devices implanted on their hearts; and sick and injured animals were left to die with no veterinary care. The investigation led Utah to repeal an archaic law requiring animal shelters to sell homeless animals to laboratories for use in experiments. It also prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cite the U for violations of animal welfare laws.

You might remember that last month, we successfully settled a similar lawsuit that we filed against Davis County, Utah, in order to force the county to turn over its documents regarding animals its shelter had sold to the U. Our suggestion: The school should take a cue from Davis County, save itself some trouble and legal expense, and hand over the information, which the public has a legal right to see.

This post originally appeared on the PETA Files.

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    Ann says...

    January 15th, 2011, 8:21 pm

    This is sick. I am so proud of peta for fighting for these animals.

    Maura says...

    January 21st, 2011, 4:35 pm

    THEY (THE U”S PERSONNEL) SHOULD PUT THEMSELVES IN THE ANIMALS PLACE. SORT OF LIKE THE SHOE BEING ON THE OTHER FOOT.

    Tucker says...

    January 21st, 2011, 4:52 pm

    SIIIICK,SIIICK,SIIIICK,SIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SHAME,SHAME,SHAME,SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IS THERE A PETITION!?!?!?!?

    THESE PEOPLE CAN NOT,AND WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS
    AND IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THEY NEED TO BE CHARGED AND THROWN IN JAIL IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Paul says...

    January 21st, 2011, 5:06 pm

    Hi Tucker,

    You can help animals suffering in the University of Utah’s laboratories through PETA’s action alert here.

    Marion says...

    January 21st, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Thank you PETA for helping these poor animals, this should not go on. They deserve a better life, shame on you.

    Michele Stipe says...

    January 21st, 2011, 10:04 pm

    PETA you know your the best!
    This is really sick and once again there should be a place for people like these. Screwed up.

    Zaida says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 12:11 am

    Thank you PETA for all you do!!

    Dianne Lake says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 2:49 am

    You wouldn’t do this to children, these neglected animals in shelters are more vulnerable and never have a voice. It would be different if these animals had the capacity to sue these monsters.

    susan says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Hi – This article was posted in the SF Chronicle paper – How can we enforce laws to crack down on beagle and other pet breeding operations? These people hide the animals behinds walls of labs and supposed bastions of science. I’m so grateful for your work in this field but know that there is so much more to do.
    Keep fighting the right fight and hopefully more will join and support us,

    susan

    Helena R. says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 4:16 pm

    The Dr. who looses reports & doesn’t visit very often is so much a part of these hideous criminal acts of experimentation. The sickening rationalization in the minds of these selfish humans to subject these defenseless animals to all this pain has gone on for so long. Most of these animals are thought to be households pets and friends, hence, their trusting nature. If Peta was not involved in the exposing these laboratories, it would be worse. But, how much worse can it really be! It’s such a shame that some accidental harm outside these laboratories could not happen to these individuals who subject these animals to such pain. Pain that is not heard but felt in every part of the animal’s body so of course it is ignored. unfortunately there will always be selfish humans on an egocentered power path to justify any experimentation. Peta, please keep your focus on these labs.
    You are the voice of all animals.

    Patti says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I am so upset with the idea that there are people who will torture and harm animals I agree, put the shoe on the other foot. Let these people feel the hurt and pain these wonderful animals are enduring. Once again, we do not need toexperiment on these animals —there are simulators. Or test on humans.

    Barbara Beach says...

    January 22nd, 2011, 9:48 pm

    We as a people, will never truly be civilized unless and until we end the senseless torture and neglect of our animal population. I believe you can judge people and their societies by the way they treat the most weak and helpless among them. Our good ole USA still has a long way to go. With Peta’s help and consistent “watch”, we may yet become a truly civilized nation–hopefully in our lifetime. Bless you, PETA, and keep up the good work!

    Tina says...

    January 23rd, 2011, 10:29 am

    These people are beyond sick and evil. This is all about money, without the animals, they would have no one to torment, and hence no funds. Hopefully the world is watching their vile activities and see how shameful these experimenters really are!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sheila says...

    January 23rd, 2011, 10:35 am

    If the students, themselves, would speak out, say some of the medical students threaten to transfer to another University, maybe that would speak to the professors involved. Can we get some of the ones who are involved in the experimentation? Certainly some of them must be disgusted.

    Helena R. says...

    January 23rd, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Hello to everyone who posted their comments and thanks Peta, for posting mine.
    I believe we all have the same passion about these people and their sick rational. George Elliot said “Animals are such agreeable friends-they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
    I have a cat and 2 dogs and I speak to each one of gentle creatures each day. One of my dogs is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair[very cool from Handicapped Pets] to go on our walks.

    Caddie Hart says...

    January 24th, 2011, 2:29 am

    OMW, i have a huge lump in my throat from reading that. To be able to do that to precious animals, makes me wonder what the odds are that these people are actually human?!
    We are behind you PETA! Way to go! Thank you for your passion

    DOLLY says...

    January 24th, 2011, 1:39 pm

    THANK YOU PETA FOR STOPPING THIS CRUEL TREATMENT TO INNOCENT ANIMALS..MY BOYFRIEND HAS A FRIEND THAT LIVES IN ATLANTA, GA..HIS GIRLFRIEND WORKS AT ONE OF THESE “LABS”..I HAVE NEVER MET HER..BUT HE AND I HAD A “FRIENDLY” CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS..HE STATES..WELL..SHE DOES NOT WORK DOWN WHERE THE ANIMALS ARE BEING TESTED..THANK GOD..MY REPLY TO HIM WAS..WELL MAYBE SHE NEEDS TO GO DOWN THERE SO SHE CAN SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE ANIMALS…I GUESS IF SHE WORKS IN AN OFFICE OR SOMETHING THERE THAT MAKES HER NO PARTY TO THE CRUELTY? NOT!!! ..I TOLD HIM THAT IF ITS FOR HUMANS..TEST HUMANS..THEN THE TRUE TEST RESULTS WILL BE PROVEN!!..HIS REPLY WAS..WELL MONKEYS ARE THE CLOSE REPRESENTATIVES TO HUMANS..I SAID “BS”..SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES!!!…SAD!!

    pat says...

    January 29th, 2011, 10:23 am

    I am so happy and glad to hear that PETA IS GOING TO TAKE THIS TO COURT. KEEP AT IT PETA. YOU HAVE ALOTS OF ANIMALS RIGHT STANDING BEHIND YOU.

    Michele says...

    February 4th, 2011, 8:40 pm

    PETA YOU HAVE A BIG HEART FOR ANIMALS!
    WE ARE ALL WITH YOU!

    Calliopi says...

    February 4th, 2011, 9:21 pm

    When people abuse their pets there are people for animal protection that deal with them. When animals tortured in laboratories it’s supposed to be OK? What’s the difference? Hurting animals is not acceptable. These people that experiment on animals are disgusting.

    Tina says...

    February 6th, 2011, 11:35 am

    Their abuse of animals is hideous and beyond sick. This country is supposed to be noted for its compassion. Yes to people but not so for animals. Until all animals are free from harm and abuse, this country will remain a barbaric society. This country could do way more for the animals but just turns its back. They are even instrumental in the culling of many innocent animals because the animals are a nuisance or for some other stupid reason.

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