Published August 12, 2021 by Danny Prater.
Vanderbilt University is seen as a prestigious academic institution.
But now, PETA has unearthed documents revealing appalling violations, misery, and death.
This dark side of Vanderbilt is kept hidden from the public as well as most students and faculty. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the school itself are the largest hotbeds for crude, painful, and useless experimentation on animals in Tennessee. In fact, Vandy ranks among the most prolific tormentors of animals in laboratories anywhere in the country.
Recent reports that document violations of federal animal welfare regulations and guidelines paint a grim picture of animal suffering at Vanderbilt.
Earlier this year, the university was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after four guinea pigs died painfully and in distress while being used in experiments in which a tube was forced down their windpipes. The lead experimenter didn’t even have a veterinarian present, as required, and it was later determined that the guinea pigs had not been fully anesthetized—they likely felt it all.
The experimenter attempted to hide these issues but was found out.
Last year, the USDA cited Vanderbilt after six rabbits were found to be suffering and in pain after an experimenter injected a test drug into their eyes. The rabbits’ were red and swollen, and some of the animals couldn’t even open them.
Previous violations at Vandy include these.
Multiple experimenters failed to obtain approval from the school’s animal experimentation oversight committee before carrying out invasive and painful experiments on animals.
In one case, an experimenter deviated from the approved protocol for pain relief for gerbils—resulting in the death of multiple animals.
In another, an experimenter used more pigs in an experiment than had been approved.