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most warm-blooded creatures except for birds mice and rats) The audit included site visits to 29 of the more than 1100 facilities APHIS inspects as well as a review of APHIS records from 2009 to 2011 APHIS conducted at least 500 inspections of 107 research facilities that hadn’t housed regulated animals for at least 2 years—and some that hadn’t housed such animals for up to 13 years auditors found They calculate that APHIS a billion-dollar agency wasted more than $115000 on these efforts—not including employee benefits and travel expenses—and that the inspections diverted APHIS from investigating more problematic facilities Bennett takes issue with this part of the report noting that APHIS’s guidelines require it to inspect facilities that are registered as housing regulated animals regardless of whether they actually have animals “They’re hamstrung by the law” he says Far more concerning to him is a section of the audit that deals with APHIS’s Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) The unit is tasked with probing serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act yet the audit states that IES has closed dozens of cases without investigating them One of these involved a research facility in Oregon that was supposed to euthanize a rabbit with a broken leg—but killed a healthy animal instead The audit also found that IES’s fines for animal welfare violations were on average just 14% of the maximum the government allows In response to prior complaints about APHIS’s low fines not deterring violators Congress authorized penalties of up to $10000 per violation in 2008 However the audit found that IES continued to slash its fines—often “without merit”—resulting in its lowest penalties in more than a decade “It’s pretty damning” Bennett says “This is the third audit in a row that IES has been questioned about how it handles its investigations and fines It looks like OIG has found that IES doesn’t do what it says it’s going to do” The audit also found that universities themselves are not doing enough to protect animals From 2009 to 2011 it noted violations by more than 500 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) which are overseen by APHIS These include IACUCs not adequately exploring alternatives to painful procedures misrepresenting the number of animals used in experiments and turning a blind eye to improper veterinary care An IACUC at a Maryland facility for example failed to ensure that researchers complied with a protocol for inducing tearing in guinea pigs; instead of placing chili pepper flakes on the animals’ cheeks the scientists were dropping them into their eyes Animal welfare and animal rights groups have long expressed concerns that IACUCs which are supposed to be objective are dominated by animal researchers who don’t make welfare a priority The audit confirms these fears says Kathleen Conlee the vice president of animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington DC “IACUCs are not functioning properly and they’re failing animals” she says “It’s too much like the fox guarding the henhouse” Conlee gives credit to APHIS for being more transparent with its inspections than it has in the past but she says that the agency’s lax enforcement will hurt animals—not just now but far into the future “They’re falling down on the job” she says “If they aren’t taken seriously what’s the incentive for facilities to improve their animal welfare” For its part APHIS says agrees with the various recommendations in the audit including improving its inspections and levying harsher fines “APHIS welcomes OIG’s findings and is committed to continued improvement of our enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and inspections of research facilities” it wrote in a letter to ScienceInsider “APHIS has already begun addressing these recommendations and anticipates completion by the end of September 2015” Bennett says he doesn’t expect the audit to have much impact on animal research labs His own analysis of USDA data shows that welfare citations have been dropping each year for the past 5 years “The veterinarians at these facilities don’t look at animal welfare in terms of whether they’re going to get dinged or fined” he says “They want to do a good job regardless of an audit”Islamabad: Pakistan is set to launch an ambitious space programme during the next fiscal year with an aim to keep an eye on the Indian side and reduce its dependence on foreign satellites for civil and military purposes according to a media report Representational image Reuters Several projects will be initiated to develop self-reliance capacity and reduce dependence on foreign satellites mainly the US and French satellites for civil and military communications The budget of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Organisation (Suparco) for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19 is Rs 470 billion which includes Rs 255 billion for three new projects Dawn News reported Suparco has been regularly conducting activities each year to increase awareness of space technology and to promote its peaceful usage amongst students and the masses in Pakistan since 2005 The funding includes allocation of Rs 135 billion for Pakistan Multi-Mission Satellite (PakSat- MM1) and the country is also planning to establish Pakistan Space Centre in Karachi Lahore and Islamabad with the allocation of Rs 1 billion The third project is the establishment of Space Application Research Centre in Karachi with the budget of Rs 200 million in 2018-19 the report said The total cost of PakSat-MM1 is Rs 2757 billion and that of the space centres is Rs 2691 billion it added Advanced space programme is the need of time not only due to growing demand from the civil communications including the GPS mobile telephony and the internet but due to changing scenario in the region also analysts have said "There are two unusual developments in the region affecting the strategic situation: first of all Pakistan has to keep an eye on the Indian side and previously their programme had limited quality advancements but now the US has active cooperation with the Indian satellite programme" Maria Sultan a defence analyst said APHIS.

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