Mayo Clinic Cited for Animal Mishandling

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Mayo Clinic Cited for Animal Mishandling

By John Doetkott,, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Mayo Clinic was recently cited after investigators learned a research animal was mistreated in January.

Animal rights groups are now calling for strong penalties against the clinic.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers at the clinic left overheated bags of fluid on a rhesus macaque, burning the monkey's legs.

Mayo officials said they self-reported the incident, and in a statement to ABC 6 they said, “As a result of the incident, personnel underwent re-training and mayo assigned a permanent veterinary technician to the research program involved. Mayo Clinic makes every effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of animals."

The animal fully recovered, but at least one group says Mayo still needs to be penalized for its negligence.

The group Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed an official complaint with the USDA, saying, “The drastic incompetence of Mayo Clinic staff that caused a monkey to sustain severe injuries must be punished."

Group leaders asked that Mayo be fined the maximum penalty of $10,000 under the Animal Welfare Act, but it remains to be seen what, if any, further action will be taken.

In their statement, Mayo officials said they only use animals in research when necessary and are fully accredited by an international laboratory animal care group. 

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