Cleveland Clinic Coverup: Animal Welfare Violations

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PETA just obtained damning federal documents revealing that if the Cleveland Clinic publicly denied the employee neglect and animal misery documented in our six-month undercover investigation in the institute, he privately admitted to manysimilar violations of federal animal welfare guidelines.

Among other incidents involving animals at the Cleveland Clinic documented between 2018 and 2021, workers did the following:

  • Mice confined to ‘very dirty’ and ‘overcrowded’ cages
  • Animals left locked in cages without food or water overnight
  • Has repeatedly deviated from approved protocols, including by:
    • Inoculating mice with bacteria and injecting them with tumor cells
    • Applying depilatory creams to the skin of mice, causing them lesions
    • Cut off the end of the mice tail

In addition to rabbits and mice, the Cleveland Clinic imprisons monkeys, pigs, rats, hamsters, and other animals in its labs.

“These reports reveal again that the Cleveland clinic is incapable of following the most basic rules of animal welfare. PETA is calling on the National Institutes of Health to stop throwing taxpayer dollars down the drain of this sloppy and unresponsive institution.

— Kathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President of PETA

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PETA sent a letter to Patricia Brown, director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asking her to withdraw the public health service’s animal welfare assurance granted to the Cleveland Clinic, without which she cannot receive NIH funds to conduct animal experiments. The agency awarded nearly $397 million in public funds to the Cleveland Clinic from 2018 to 2021 alone.

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We noted that NIH policy requires grant recipients to comply with the Federal Animal Welfare Act and the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animalswhich the Cleveland Clinic obviously ignored.

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