According to a news story, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCB) “has continued to flagrantly violate the Animal Welfare Act [AWA] – leading to more animal deaths – and deliberately withheld information from federal inspectors about the existence of a herd of 841 animals, many of whom suffered with significant illnesses.
“A scathing five page USDA report dated Oct. 31, 2012 reveals the existence of a herd of 841 animals at Santa Cruz Biotech (SCB). The report states that several SCB staff had lied to federal inspectors, denying the existence of these animals. This herd included a dozen animals with unreported and untreated illnesses.
“A later USDA report Dec. 18, 2012 discloses even more federal violations, multiple sick animals, and the deaths of two other animals.”
While we would all like to see an end to using animals in biomedical research, as long as animals are being used, they deserve to be cared for under the guidelines of the AWA.
Please write the secretary of Agriculture and urge him to enforce the provisions in the AWA and to fine SCB to the fullest extent for its violations of the AWA and to revoke the company’s license.
The Honorable Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250