Inotiv animal testing company subject of undercover investigation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Humane Society of the United States claims to find thousands of cases of animal suffering and death from toxicity testing of drugs at an animal testing laboratory company headquartered in West Lafayette.

Inotiv Inc. was reportedly at the center of a seven-month undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. An undercover investigator, according to information sent to the Journal & Courier, worked at the Inotiv Inc. facility in Mount Vernon, Indiana, and was assigned to more than 70 toxicity studies involving about 6,000 animals.

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The Journal & Courier reached out to senior leadership for comment early Thursday morning and will update this story with a response.

In its statement to the Journal & Courier, the Humane Society of the United States called on the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies “to replace animals with more effective non-animal testing approaches that will better serve humans while sparing animals.”

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Among the alleged findings, some 80 beagle puppies were used in toxicity testing where the dogs were reportedly forced to ingest a drug via stomach tube every day for months. Those beagles, the Humane Society alleges, will be killed starting in mid-May.

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