Activists protest at UPenn for World Lab Animal Liberation Week

Animal Activists of Philly world lab animal liberation day
Last year’s World Lab Animal Liberation Day. Credit: Animal ACTivists of Philly

Members of animal rights group Animal ACTivists of Philly will on Tuesday hold a six-hour protest outside the University of Pennsylvania, a school they’re are calling “a horror show for animals with a long history of abuses” in its labs.

Advocates rallying for World Lab Animal Liberation Week will be on the corner of 34th and Walnut streets between noon and 6 p.m. holding signs and distributing literature about lab animal experimentation.

A report released last September by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found all eight Ivy League universities had a “disturbingly high” number of Animal Welfare Act violations and ranked the University of Pennsylvania as the worst offender.

The report alleges the University of Pennsylvania housed 15,583 at-risk animals between 2008 and July 2011 and committed a total of 80 welfare violations, including 11 severe breaches and 17 repeat infractions.

The report concludes the school’s repeat violations – which allegedly include unkempt facilities, expired medications and the failure of researchers to follow protocol – “point to a practice of sloppy, inattentive care.”

“Two 2011 violations demonstrate the ongoing nature of the severe violations,” the report reads.

“In one incident of extreme negligence and disregard for animals, a newborn puppy was found dead, trapped beneath a floor grate. The puppy had slipped through the grate unnoticed, and an unknown amount of time passed before his death.”

The rally is part of a national day of protest against alleged laboratory animal abuse by research institutions.

Animal rights watchdog Stop Animal Exploitation Now said in a release last week at least 901 U.S. laboratories – about 82 percent of the estimated 1,100 labs in the country – violated the federal Animal Welfare Act last year.

However, only 39 labs were subject to enforcement actions, 10 labs received official warnings and just six labs were fined a total of $60,000, according to the group.

“When animals suffer and die this horribly, the USDA must take action,” SAEN Executive Director Michael Budkie said in a statement.

“Murdering monkeys, dogs, cats and rabbits by dehydration, exsanguination or inadequate veterinary care is not the hallmark of an industry which is effectively regulated. These heinous labs deserved federal fines at the very least.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.