An animal-rights group has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because of a January incident in which a rabbit at a research lab died when it was left in its cage while it was sent for cleaning. MIT said in a letter to the National Institutes of Health, which oversees the use of animals in scientific research, that the incident occurred in January, when an employee of the school was cleaning a cage that housed three rabbits. “MIT deeply regrets that the accidental death of a rabbit occurred,” a university spokeswoman said in a statement. “MIT took immediate steps to put in place new protocols to prevent this from happening again.” The university now requires two people to check cages to confirm they are empty before sterilizing them.
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