University lab cited for animal welfare violations in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal inspectors have cited Oregon Health & Science University for violating animal welfare laws after five prairie voles died of thirst. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture also cited the university after a person risked contaminating surgical tools while probing a ferret’s brain with an electrode in January as part of research into how the animals hear. The violations come after inspectors performed a routine inspection of the university’s animal research facilities in Portland. Two anti-animal research groups have urged the federal government to put an end to the university’s work.