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Biotech company 'breached animal welfare rules'

By Tim Sandle     Feb 22, 2014 in Environment
Santa Cruz Biotechnology, one of the biggest suppliers of antibodies for laboratory research, is accused of repeatedly violating the Animal Welfare Act according to the USDA.
Santa Cruz Biotechnology undertakes a lot of animal research, aimed at the development of therapeutic antibodies. The company has been accused by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) of breaking federal laws governing animal safety for the past decade.
The USDA filed an enforcement action against the corporation in 2012. After a period of legal wrangling, a tentative date has been set for the hearing at which Santa Cruz Biotech will attempt to defend itself against the allegations.
According to The New Yorker, the latest court case is not a one-off event. Since 2003, Santa Cruz Biotech has paid thousands of dollars in fines for dozens of citations levied by the USDA for violating the Animal Welfare Act. Violations have mainly involved poor veterinary care of the facility’s goats.
USDA officials say they found a goat that had been bitten by a coyote but was not receiving any treatment for pain, a lame goat that was unable to reach its food, and a sick goat lying in the sun on a 90 degree day.
The court case will be heard later this year at which both sides will present their arguments.
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