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Utah Lab Cruelty Exposed

[Salt Lake Tribune]

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors were giving University of Utah animal-research labs a thumbs up at the very time an "undercover" animal-rights activist claims she was documenting miserable conditions and illegal treatment of animals inside two U. facilities.

U. officials on Tuesday released annual inspection reports dating back to 2005 in response to allegations of systemic abuse leveled by the People for the Treatment of Animals (PETA). All the inspection reports say the same thing: "No noncompliances identified."

"The University's labs are inspected frequently without warning or advance notice by state and national agencies, and our labs have always been in full compliance with all government guidelines for animal care," U. administrators said in a prepared statement.

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[Salt Lake Tribune]

A leading U.S. animal-rights organization placed an "undercover investigator" inside two University of Utah biomedical research facilities, where she used hidden cameras to record alleged mistreatment of research animals.

Representatives from the Virginia-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said they will file formal complaints Wednesday based on an eight-month probe in which their agent, identified only as LZ, gathered video, photos and log entries. She worked as an animal support technician at the U. from Feb. 12 to Oct. 29, and shot "hundreds of hours" of video inside U. labs, the group says.

University officials disputed the PETA investigator's interpretation of what she saw, arguing she does not understand animal research.

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