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CU Denver Responds

University of Colorado Denver health research conducted humanely

January 2009

NOTE: This is in response to allegations against the researchers at the University of Colorado Denver.

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services notified the University of Colorado Denver that following a review, the agency “found no cause for further action” related to allegations made against CU Denver researchers by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The decision followed an extensive review of documents submitted by CU Denver in response to the OLAW inquiry. *See documents listed below.

Researchers at the CU Denver are compassionate human beings working on cures for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. They do their work ethically and humanely.

Excellent research requires healthy, well-cared-for animals. The independent Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Care International also has visited our state-of-the-art facilities and given us full accreditation.

Laboratory workers and others who are concerned about conditions or procedures are encouraged to report these concerns, and all are investigated by a panel that includes veterinarians. Appropriate steps are taken to solve any problems that are discovered.

Over the years, the university has investigated all issues brought forward by employees, former employees and other members of the public. CU Denver researchers request that the public not judge their work based on the word of any one individual, and instead consider the facts.

*The following information is provided for your review:

Note: the article contradicts assertions that the anesthetic is not appropriate.

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