In the shadow of serious accusations from a prominent animal rights group, officials at Washington State University announced this week they would take the rare step of launching an investigation into the university's animal disease diagnostic laboratories.
Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now accused WSU in June of violating the U.S. Animal Welfare Act
, when workers at the animal disease lab "prescribed 50-times the drug dose the experiment allowed" on three bighorn sheep.
SAEN then accused WSU of inadequate care of grizzly bears, saying 15 grizzlies died under WSU's care
in the past six years. Earlier this month, the activist group lodged additional allegations
, accusing WSU of mistreating calves, pigs and a dog.
Now, the Associated Press reports
WSU officials confirmed an internal investigation will be conducted into the university's bear research center. Additionally, a spokeswoman from WSU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will ensure all the labs would be regularly inspected over the next five to seven years to ensure researchers are operating legally.
Meanwhile, SAEN activists are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine the university $10,000 for each cited infraction.