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May 21, 2020 - US News & World Report

Notre Dame Lab Violated Animal Welfare Laws in Study on Mice

Notre Dame Lab Violated Animal Welfare Laws in Study on Mice
Lab MouseCredit: PETA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Notre Dame violated federal animal welfare laws last year by mistreating mice during lab studies, according to documents the school filed with a federal agency.

The university self-reported the violations to the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and suspended the lab’s operations last August because of “serious deviation” from animal treatment guidelines, the documents say.

The documents, which are letters and reports university officials sent to the federal agency, were obtained by the animal advocacy group Stop Animal Exploitation Now through a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal agency. The group released the documents to news media outlets, the South Bend Tribune reported Wednesday.

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