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April 10, 2012

Animal rights group wants IU Health unit fined

Indianapolis —  

An animal rights group wants the federal government to fine a research institute owned by Indiana University Health for what it calls negligence toward animals, citing seven violations discovered by investigators.

The Indianapolis Star reports the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now says IU Health’s Methodist Research Institute had seven violations, including killing one dog and putting another dog in severe pain. The animal rights group’s executive director, Michael Budkie, says it’s unusual for a lab to kill an animal through negligence.

According to a March report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a dog was fed before undergoing surgery, contrary to protocol. The animal went into cardiac arrest and died.

IU Health officials said the use of animals in research has contributed significantly to advancements in health care.

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