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Fri Aug 21 2015
USDA Presents Case Against Santa Cruz Biotechnology in Historic Proceeding
Extreme Suffering of Animals Documented at Anitbody Supplier's Facility
A third complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT) on August 7 for a violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The USDA's ongoing case against SCBT, one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, was heard by an administrative law judge from August 18-21.

The most recent complaint alleges that SCBT has “willfully violated” the AWA and “demonstrated bad faith by misleading” USDA personnel. This complaint also documents extreme suffering of goats, including one who suffered and was eventually euthanized with a captive bolt gun by veterinary tech personnel because no veterinarian was available.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has led a hard-hitting campaign calling for the USDA to take firm action against SCBT. “We are hopeful that the USDA will put on a solid case utilizing the extensive documentation it has gathered and that the judge will recognize the grave nature of the alleged violations at SCBT, which have caused needless animal suffering,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “We strongly believe that these USDA citations warrant severe penalties, including license revocation or suspension.”

pdf Read More | 8/18-8/21 Court Updates | pdf Legal Complaint | Animal Welfare Institute

Previous Coverage: Dealer of Animal-Derived Antibodies Could Lose License || ALDF Lawsuit Against Santa Cruz Biotechnology Animal Testing Facility Gains Support || Federal Investigations Reveal Severe Neglect of Animals at Santa Cruz Biotechnology
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