OSU Cited for Alleged Animal Abuse in Labs
Updated: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 08:09 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University is being cited for nearly a dozen instances of potential animal abuse.
The United States Department of Agriculture found 10 violations during a routine inspection at the university in summer, 2012. Animal rights groups are calling for OSU to be punished.
"Ohio State University has made it to the top as having one of the worst single inspection reports in the entire nation," said Michael A. Budkei, the executive director for Stop Animal Exploitation Now. "They should pay the price."
The violations include using below-pharmaceutical grade drugs to euthanize rabbits, using expired morphine to treat dogs, inadequate care that may have led to some grass rats losing all of their hair, and tying some primates to chairs.
"These are the kind of things that the Animal Welfare Act was designed to prevent," Budkei said. "This is inexcusable."
The university says it has fixed all the violations found during the inspection, and points out that it received a clean report in November.
So far, the university hasn't been fined for any of the violations.
Reporter: Ben Garbarek
Web Producer: Ken Hines