A national watchdog organization is calling on the Wake Forest School of Medicine for its treatment of laboratory animals. It is the second organization in a month to request a strong US Department of Agriculture response.
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW released USDA inspection results last week documenting the so-called critical and numerous violations of animals such as cats, monkeys and sheep. The group calls for an immediate investigation and heavy fines. The response from the Wake Forest School of Medicine is, in part, “We do not believe this inspection reflects the general care we provide to our animals, but we acknowledge the deficiencies we have identified.”
Last month, Dr. John Pippin of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a similar USDA complaint against the school for treating pigs, urging the school to consider surgical training techniques – like those of other leading programs – that do not use animals.
“If I were in Wake Forest, I would say let’s form a small committee of our surgery instructors here,” says Pippin. “Let’s look at these references this guy sent us, let’s talk to them about what they’re doing, and maybe we’re just a step back and need to think about some changes. That’s what we ask of them, and they won’t even discuss it. ”
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the school was reprimanded and / or fined by the USDA in 2017, 2016 and 2012.