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Dr. Eric P. Sandgren

Wrong Dr. Eric P. Sandgren?

Animal Resource Center Director

Local Address: Wisconsin, United States

Employment History

  • Animal Research Oversight Director
  • Director
    Research Animal Resources Center
  • Director of the Research Animal Resources Center
  • Director of the Research and Animal Resources Center
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Eric Sandgren, director of ..., 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Eric Sandgren, director of UW-Madison's Research Animal Resource Center, says what is happening to Yin is a case study in the outsized power of activist groups like PETA.
"It's not a level playing field," Sandgren says.
But Sandgren says that is not true. Among the seven cats that are still active in Yin's lab -- which have a combined 31 years of service -- the rate of infection "averaged out to be one infection every 3.9 years," says Sandgren.
Sandgren says PETA deliberately waited for the photos, knowing they would be a fundraising boon and a public relations nightmare for the university.
"The pictures are worth so much more than words," he says.
"The USDA came and they looked point by point at everything, and we got zero citations," says Sandgren.
According to Sandgren, suspending a program before an investigation is unprecedented. "I don't think it was particularly fair that they did it that way," he says.
For Sandgren, the key to finding common ground between activists and scientists is to create open dialogue. That's a goal he has nurtured through the UW-Madison Forum on Animal Research Ethics (FARE), established in 2010 to increase the transparency of animal research on campus.
Sandgren says PETA's campaign has affected not just Yin, but other scientists on campus.
"Animal researchers are less willing to participate in FARE or any similar public event in the face of PETA's misleading public campaign," he says. "Why talk when your words will just be taken out of context and used against you?"
Sandgren says he received a razor blade in the mail recently, something that hasn't happened to a UW researcher in a long time. "The letter inside said 'Doctor Sandgren, UW School of Veterinary Torture -- Use this razor blade to slit your wrists.'
"I work with activists, I talk with activists and I try and have this dialogue, acknowledging the things we have in common," he says.
However, Eric and his cohorts should be ashamed of themselves for their past behavior.
Eric Sandgren, the director ..., 5 Dec 2013 [cached]
Eric Sandgren, the director of UW's Animal Resource Center, said the picture on the Metro buses is from a pilot study that involved placing cochlear implants into the cat and determining how well that allowed the cat to hear.
Sandgren said the study involved an expert on cochlear procedures and an investigator who ensured the process was done correctly.
Sandgren said PETA's claims that the study involved unjustifiable animal cruelty and that the laboratory was unsuccessful in publishing their findings are "false, and PETA knows they're false."
"There are investigative reports published online by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare which state that all cats were found to be in good clinical condition, and none showed signs of lesions, pain, distress or adverse responses," Sandgren said.
Sandgren said the links on the page provide videos of UW studies and additional reports, which clarify the hearing research they do in the laboratories and why they do it.
Sandgren said PETA has been accusing UW of violating laws for more than a year, but none of their claims have any evidence and have never been validated.
"PETA found a picture they can use in a fundraiser campaign and they're just going for it," Sandgren said.
Eric Sandgren, ..., 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
Eric Sandgren, UW's animal research oversight director, said he is pleased
According to Sandgren, the USDA inspector evaluated the facilities, animals and the personnel, all in line with PETA's complaint letter.
Sandgren added the inspection focused on both the 2008 protocol, which the PETA complaint addressed, as well as the current 2012 protocol.
Sandgren said he expects PETA to continue with allegations against the university.
Sandgren acknowledged PETA's general goal to end animal research, adding although finding middle ground with animal rights activists like PETA will be difficult, efforts are being made.
"Given the way people in this country seem to be becoming more polarized, I think that [finding common ground] will be difficult," Sandgren said.
Eric Sandgren, director of ..., 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Eric Sandgren, director of the Research Animal Resources Center on campus, said in an email that PETA's claims are false, and that the USDA has conducted independent examinations that came to the same conclusions.
"Today's events are just another attempt by these outside activists to get attention," Sandgren said.
Eric Sandgren, UW's ... [cached]
Eric Sandgren, UW's Research Animal Resource Center director, said the university has been transparent about the standing citation and posted the USDA report on the university website as soon as they learned that the appeal had failed.
He added that he did not think the citation should stand because appropriate steps have been taken and new guidelines were put in place after the accident.
"The bottom line is that, yes we made a mistake. That's been posted on our website for two weeks, right after we got the citation from USDA. I don't know why PETA all of a sudden is bringing it up," Sandgren said.
UW received two citations during the investigation in December and successfully appealed one, he added.
According to Sandgren, the report would have labeled it a "focused investigation" if it had been a response to PETA's second set of complaints filed last year.
"The USDA did not separate us," Sandgren said. "PETA is being very disingenuous.
"USDA did not find merit in any of the eight charges filed against us in the first PETA complaint," Sandgren said. "[UW has] received no citation from their second set of complaints against the university."
Sandgren said he has not seen the second sets of complaints filed by PETA, which is only available through filing an open information request.
PETA included five charges against the university in the second complaint alleging serious animal welfare violations, which are distinct from the previous allegations.
Sandgren said he has heard about the new complaints but cannot comment on the allegations before looking at the actual report.
"We filed [a request to obtain the report] in March but we haven't got it yet, you can imagine how frustrated we are," he said.
The USDA did not reply for comment as of press time.
The Badger Herald · PETA, university continue to stand at odds over USDA report.
Categories: Animal News, Antivivisection, Companion Animals, UW Madison Tags: cat, Double Trouble, Eric Sandgren, USDA
As co-counsel for PETA in its open records lawsuit against the university, I take issue with last Saturday's column, "Cat research, after all the drama," by Eric Sandgren, director of the Research Animal Resources Center at UW-Madison.
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