PITTSBURGH—In response to a statement issued by PETA on July 11, 2017, the University of Pittsburgh issued the following:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals today made claims related to the University’s routine self-reporting of issues that arise in the housing and care of laboratory animals for the timespan dating from Jan. 1, 2015, to April 1, 2017. In all instances, corrective actions were promptly taken, and in all instances the National Institutes of Health, the agency with which the reports are filed, acknowledged that the University took proper remedial actions. This result is consistent with both the USDA and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) responses to the last two allegations levied against Pitt by PETA.
In February, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducted a four-day focused inspection of animal research spaces at the University in response to a PETA complaint. Pitt was found to be in full compliance with USDA regulations. In May, OLAW also found that PETA’s claims were unsubstantiated and that institutional responses to routine animal husbandry and veterinary care needs were appropriate.