Target: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Shut down the abusive animal research labs at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center.
Three-month-old infant baboons were being sprayed down with water that not only left the poor creatures “shivering and clearly distressed,” but ran the risk of giving them hypothermia, which can lead to death, at University of Oklahoma’s research labs. The OU Health Sciences Center was also cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for keeping numerous baboons in dirty cages that were reportedly covered in “an excessive build up of grime, debris and excreta” like urine and feces. Bloomberg reported that these citations were blamed largely on the poorly trained staff who didn’t know how to properly care for the animals and clean their shelter.
The University of Oklahoma came under fire two years ago when it was found to be euthanizing dogs by electrocuting them to death with batteries attached to the animals’ hearts. It has also been cited for conducting surgeries on dogs and giving them little to no painkillers during the operations. Why any human being would find these actions to be acceptable has remained largely unanswered by the university, which claims it has been doing its best to live up to the standards and regulations set by the USDA.
The university has been cited 16 times by the USDA in the last two years. It’s obvious OU cannot be trusted to treat animals humanely and should not be allowed to operate with the lives of animals. Urge the Secretary of Agriculture to close down these facilities and prevent the staff at OU from committing any more abuse towards innocent animals.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
The University of Oklahoma was recently cited because its poorly trained staff sprayed down baby baboons with water that left them shivering, distressed and at risk of death from hypothermia. It was also cited for keeping baboons in cages covered in grime, debris and excreta like urine and feces.
Two years ago these same facilities were cited for barbarically euthanizing dogs by electrocuting them to death with batteries attached to the animals’ hearts. It was also conducting surgeries on dogs and giving them little to no painkillers. The university has been cited 16 times by the USDA in the last two years.
The University of Oklahoma must be stopped from continuing to abuse animals. UO has been cited 16 times by the USDA in the last two years, making it obvious that it has not learned its lesson and will continue to act with a blatant disregard for the lives of animals. I urge you to shut down the animal care and research labs at OU Health Sciences Center and take a stand against animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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