Rutgers is committed to the humane care and use of all animals used for teaching and research at the University. If you observe or have knowledge of activities which you believe constitute inappropriate animal care or use, you are encouraged to report such activities. Inappropriate care and use may include inhumane treatment, neglect, unapproved procedures, etc. The Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Facilities Committee (IACUC) is required by the federal Animal Welfare Act to deal with all such reports in a confidential manner and to investigate them fully. The Act further stipulates that,
"No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulation or standards under the Act."
If you believe an activity is inappropriate, the most direct way to deal with the problem is to speak to the people involved (supervisor, principal investigator, technician, etc.). Persons not familiar with animal research may misinterpret some procedures as causing pain or distress, when in fact that is not the case. If for any reason you do not wish to speak to the people involved with the activity, it is still appropriate to pursue the question within the University.
Concerns about animal care and use may be directed to any of the following persons: