Virginia Tech Receives Official USDA Warning Over Animal Welfare Regulations, PETA Says

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – PETA has obtained reports from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealing that Virginia Tech has received an official warning regarding animal welfare regulations.

The USDA said in the warning that the university received six violations of federal animal welfare regulations found in June. The incident report says experiments showed traumatic brain damage to six miniature pigs.

According to PETA, “‘The first pig used died during the procedure and blood was noted on the intubation tube.'”

There were two pigs that survived the experiments, but these animals suffered from sequelae. The USDA reported that the pigs showed signs of abnormal neurological damage such as incoordination, weakness in all four limbs, and mild to moderate depression.

According to PETA, another incident was reported with a cow that was suffering from heat stress because the animal did not have immediate access to shade.

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