Case Of The Dead Rabbit: Rights Group Wants MIT Fined For Animal Accident

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Animal rights activists want MIT fined over the death of a lab rabbit that was accidentally thrown in a machine that washes cages, The Boston Herald reports:

Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation NOW, which monitors animal research, wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hit MIT with a $10,000 penalty — the maximum under the federal Animal Welfare Act.

“Obviously, killing any animal is serious,” SAEN executive director Michael Budkie said. “But being so negligent as to leave an animal in a cage that’s sent through a cage-washer — which means the animal is really boiled alive — that is deserving of a very serious penalty. … The animal must have suffered horribly.”

On Jan. 16, an 11-year animal husbandry technician at MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine failed to remove a rabbit from a cage before placing the cage in a washer, according to a 
Feb. 13 MIT letter to the Nat­ional Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. The animal later was discovered dead in the bottom of the cage.

After DCM management determined the incident involved “gross negligence and was inexcusable,” the technician resigned Jan. 31.

The February letter, written by MIT’s vice president for research and sent to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, said following the rabbit incident, new protocols were put in place:

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In a statement, an MIT spokesperson said:

MIT deeply regrets that the accidental death of a rabbit occurred. MIT took immediate steps to put in place new protocols to prevent this from happening again, and the employee who made the error is no longer employed by the Institute.

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  • FriendToAnimals

    Stupid, Ignorant Human Beings Hurt Animals and some are affiliated with MIT!
    If they were truly smart, they would never, ever hurt a lovely animal.
    Everybody (and not just MIT people): hear this: Let your conscience. be your guide.
    I hope you have a conscience (noun) an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.

  • J Place

    a rabbit is a rabbit.
    a cockroach is a cockroach.
    A Human is a Human.

    Humans eat a protein called rabbits.
    Humans squish insects called cockroaches.

    An “accident involving a rabbit” is still an accident.

  • yellowmoon222

    Yeah to the Boston Herald for reporting the bad behavior of MIT employees and student !!! Hope PETA takes that one further !

  • yellowmoon222

    as Ghandi said – See how a society treats their animals and that is how they will treat their fellow man -in the long run-
    What a slime for forgeting about gods creature and boiling it alive !
    Go Green give up meat -Yellowmoon222

    • Beverly Chmelik

      And how many animals died in the growing of and harvesting of your vegetables? Did the truck bringing them to you accidentally run over a rabbit? Yea, the accident should not of happened. It was a bonehead non-thinking mistake, but shit happens and if that is the worst outcome you get for those, feel lucky. The only reason that we know of this incident was the fact the rabbit’s identification was tracked. Otherwise we never would have known and the guy probably felt bad about this anyway but didn’t cover it up as he probably could have.

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