2017-04-06 / Today's Top Stories

Animal rights group files complaint against Liberty Research

By Nathan Brown

Staff Writer

WAVERLY, N.Y. — One local business is the target of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a non-governmental animal rights group.

Liberty Research is an animal breeding company based out of Waverly, N.Y. and is the subject of multiple complaints filed by SAEN.

In 2014, SAEN filed a complaint against Liberty Research for the suffocation death of two dogs, according to a press release from SAEN. The complaint resulted in Liberty Research receiving the federal penalty.

It was required to pay fines of $5,250 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to SAEN, Liberty Research violated the Animal Welfare Act seven times in 2015.

The most recent event that sparked the filing of another “official complaint” came following the death of three kittens in what the SAEN called “gross negligence.”

The death of the kittens came as a litter box overturned and the kittens became trapped, which came to fruition following an USDA inspection.

"Liberty Research's negligence led directly to the deaths of two dogs and three cats," said Michael A. Budkie, SAEN Executive Director. "This animal breeder/laboratory deserves to be closed down."

According to SAEN, the most recent inspection shows that Liberty Research has 2,878 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens at their facility in Waverly, N.Y.

"The safety of these animals is in danger as long as this negligent facility is in operation," noted Budkie.

Liberty Research submitted the following statement on Wednesday:

"Liberty organization was founded due to our love of dogs and cats. Our purpose bred animals have enabled veterinary pharmaceutical companies, universities and government research agencies to help provide healthy and happy lives to the millions of companion animals that we have living with us. All work being performed at Liberty is in the development of veterinary products ensuring they are both safe and effective for the betterment of animals. This work is both highly regulated and mandated by the federal government. In addition to complying with all local, state, and federal laws that regulate animal research, Liberty is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, a non-profit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science. This voluntary accreditation follows a rigorous assessment program and serves as the gold standard for research organizations, further demonstrating Liberty’s commitment to responsible animal care and use. We constantly work to provide the highest level of care to all animals.

"Unfortunately, there are people who do not recognize the significant strides that we continue to make to ensure our pets and all pets in the country live long, happy and healthy lives."

Nathan Brown can be reached at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1639 or email: nbrown@thedailyreview.com.

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