University of Michigan animal research being investigated after strangulation of baboon, other incidents
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:02:53 GMT —
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to review incidents involving animal research at University of Michigan that included the accidental strangulation death of a baboon.
The Ann Arbor News reports that during the 2012-13 academic year a baboon was strangled when left unattended with a toy, a researcher performed an unapproved emergency surgery on a guinea pig and a hamster escaped from its cage and was found dead in a drain.
University spokeswoman Kara Gavin says the Ann Arbor school reported the incidents to the National Institutes of Health because they violated the institutes' policy on the humane care and use of laboratory animals. All involved animals used for research.
The USDA is reviewing the incidents after animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed a complaint in February.