Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! and Michael Budkie, co-founder and executive director of the organization, said there have been recent incidents of wrongful deaths of animal research subjects at UNC.
The organization reported the deaths of two ferrets that were injured and later euthanized when trapped between their cage and a wall. The group also reported a rabbit that had been paralyzed.
“As we’re seeing with North Carolina-Chapel Hill, they can’t work with a rabbit without the animal’s back being broken, or they cannot even keep ferrets in the cages, and then when they get out it ends up resulting in their death,” Budkie said.
“But if they can’t do basic things like that, why should we believe they can do science?”
Budkie said UNC reported the incident to the National Institutes of Health, or NIH.
The National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has issued a statement in response to Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
The office said the concerns raised are not current issues.