U.W. Madison reaches settlement with USDA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), completed its investigation of animal care at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The investigation reviewed alleged violations of the AWA from 2007 to 2013. Seven citations were issued, all arising from routine USDA inspections of the UW-Madison animal program.
Only two violations directly affected animal welfare, and one of the animals recovered fully. Other violations included the presence of expired drugs, housing and facilities issues such as peeling paint, a broken light fixture clip, bent metal flashing on a barn, a slippery animal room floor; and insufficient internal communication of animal health issues to veterinarians
For the violations, USDA assessed UW-Madison a fine of $35,286.
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