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January 18, 2020 - KUOW

Ferret brain experiments at University of Washington lead to animal welfare complaint

Ferret brain experiments at University of Washington lead to animal welfare complaint
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An animal rights organization is calling for the University of Washington to be fined for an alleged violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

Health Sciences researchers at the university said they gave ferrets several impacts to the skull during a traumatic brain injuries study. After one animal died, the University of Washington followed a required protocol to report it to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health. However, a national animal rights advocacy organization on Thursday filed a complaint against the university with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Care office.

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