After nearly 10,000 animals died in the basement laboratories at New York University's School of Medicine (NYSOM) after Hurricane Sandy Dr. Pippin wrote a letter to Elizabeth Goldentyer of the USDA requesting they, “investigate this matter to 1) determine whether NYUSOM has established and maintains a program of adequate veterinary care that complies with the AWA and 2) impose, if appropriate, the maximum fines allowable under the law.”
I believe we can take this one step further by petitioning to end the archaic practice of animal testing at NYUSOM.
The NYU spokeswoman Jessica Guenzel, stated that “the biomedical facility lost 7,660 cages of mice and 22 cages of rats. Each cage houses between one and seven animals”. This is an unacceptable loss of life. Lets tell NYUSOM to stop animal testing and move towards modern alternatives.
Your support is deeply appreciated by me and all living creatures :)
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Dean and CEO, New York University School of Medicine
Robert I. Grossman
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Dr Pippin’s full letter is below with the link
Elizabeth Goldentyer, D.V.M.
USDA/APHIS/AC Eastern Region
920 Main Campus Dr., Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606
Submitted by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Re: Veterinary Care at New York University School of Medicine
Dear Dr. Goldentyer:
On behalf of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, I request that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service immediately investigate the drowning deaths of thousands of animals at the New York University School of Medicine during Hurricane Sandy in late October. According to news reports, as many as 10,000 animals drowned during a flood in the Smilow building at the NYU Langone Medical Center, which is affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine (NYUSOM).
Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), NYUSOM meets the definition of a “research facility” and therefore must comply with the AWA and its implementing regulations. However, based on news reports, it appears that NYUSOM, whose registration certificate number is 21-R-0092, may have failed to comply with AWA regulations regarding “adequate veterinary care.” Those regulations mandate that “[e]ach research facility shall establish and maintain programs of adequate veterinary care that include . . . [t]he use of appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries, and the availability of emergency, weekend, and holiday care[.]” 9 C.F.R. § 2.33(b)(2) (emphasis added).
Although the animals at NYUSOM may or may not have been included in the AWA’s coverage, the unintended deaths of thousands of NYUSOM’s research subjects strongly suggests that NYUSOM has not established an “adequate veterinary care” program—all the more so in light of the wide notice of Hurricane Sandy’s impending arrival.
Accordingly, PCRM requests that APHIS investigate this matter to 1) determine whether NYUSOM has established and maintains a program of adequate veterinary care that complies with the AWA and 2) impose, if appropriate, the maximum fines allowable under the law. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs
Chair, Physician Steering Committee