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Mgr of UT SWs animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance
Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky

Posted on 11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST by Alamo-Girl

For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: research
This is my daughter's lawsuit!

I am so very proud of her for standing up for what is right, risking her job and perhaps even her career!

She has her priorities straight: integrity trumps job security!

For the record, Donna is neither PETA nor vegetarian. Indeed, she strongly supports animal research.

1 posted on 11/20/2012 10:17:54 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jim Robinson; Thermopylae; betty boop; TXnMA; MHGinTN; marron; xzins; Lazamataz; Vision; FARS
I am so very proud of my daughter and wanted to be the first to share her making the news for standing up for what's right!

Her lawsuit is also covered in an article in the Dallas Observer and the Courthouse News Service.

2 posted on 11/20/2012 10:21:16 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
A good afternoon bump to you.

5.56mm

3 posted on 11/20/2012 10:27:51 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Alamo-Girl

Good for her and good luck!


4 posted on 11/20/2012 10:32:53 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Alamo-Girl
For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals.

It doesn't make sense to hire someone to keep you legal and then refuse to listen to them.

You shouldn't have to go to court to do the job they asked you to do in the first place. When they fire you for doing what they hired you to do, they demonstrate their lack of integrity for all the world to see.

It takes courage to lay your job on the line when jobs are hard to get.

5 posted on 11/20/2012 11:01:58 AM PST by marron
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To: Alamo-Girl

Did a little subcontracting at UTSW a few years back. Encountered a professor who treated his students like pigs, or worse, in front of me. He was really a nasty piece of work. If they treat animals like the students are treated, the lawsuit has some substance.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 11:03:15 AM PST by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: M Kehoe

Thanks so much for the bump, dear M Kehoe!


7 posted on 11/20/2012 11:13:21 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Thank you so very much for your encouragements, dear LowTaxesEqualProsperity!


8 posted on 11/20/2012 11:14:17 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: marron
It doesn't make sense to hire someone to keep you legal and then refuse to listen to them.

You shouldn't have to go to court to do the job they asked you to do in the first place. When they fire you for doing what they hired you to do, they demonstrate their lack of integrity for all the world to see.

It takes courage to lay your job on the line when jobs are hard to get.

Well and truly said, dear marron!


9 posted on 11/20/2012 11:16:32 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: STYRO
How sad. Students should never back treated as subhuman.

Thank you for your encouragements, dear STYRO!

10 posted on 11/20/2012 11:18:30 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Good for her!

I’m tired of the eco-fascists making it a false dichotomy that it’s either crazy Green socialism, or you’re an evil person who likes to destroy nature and hurt animals.

You can be compassionate towards animals and care about the environment, while supporting science and economic development. I applaud your daughter’s character!


11 posted on 11/20/2012 11:53:29 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: Alamo-Girl

My thoughts exactly. I spoke with some of the students later and told them what I thought of their professor. They told me that not one subcontractor ever came back a second time. I did not go back either.


12 posted on 11/20/2012 11:57:19 AM PST by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; marron
I am so very proud of her for standing up for what is right, risking her job and perhaps even her career!... She has her priorities straight: integrity trumps job security!

Thank God that, in this lying culture, there are still people around willing to stand up for what is right, for what is true.

May God ever bless Donna Jean for blowing the whistle on institutional animal abuse at UT!!!

Your pride in your daughter's principled position on this, especially in light of the career risk involved, is entirely justified. May God ever bless her!

Thank you, Donna Jean!

13 posted on 11/20/2012 12:03:59 PM PST by betty boop (We are led to believe a lie when we see with, and not through the eye. — William Blake)
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My concern, AG & BB, after reading the article is the part where they suggest that the evidence for their non-compliance is found in faulty paperwork.

I hope there is some kind of injunction that prevents that paperwork from disappearing.

I do think, though, that the quick move to terminate your daughter’s employment with UT also appears to be contrary to the law. That is something I doubt they can wiggle out of.


14 posted on 11/20/2012 12:22:53 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Alamo-Girl

I would hope that we soon get beyond the need for experimentation on animals..........


15 posted on 11/20/2012 12:34:14 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: STYRO

In my school years I had extremely low tolerance for un-courteous, incompetent, or otherwise dumbass teachers. I was heavily instrumental in “retiring” at least two of them. Even if I wasn’t the one being mis-treated I took it “personal” and quietly worked to make their own lives somewhat miserable. Maybe I’m an exception but I truly don’t understand students taking cheap krap from teachers. For that matter I don’t understand taking cheap krap from a boss——there are endless ways to make it come out “even”.


16 posted on 11/20/2012 12:42:38 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: marron

“It doesn’t make sense to hire someone to keep you legal and then refuse to listen to them.”

Oh yes it does. It’s called a paid scape goat on hand. What
your daughter is doing is covering her own a$$. If they
would have gotten caught then they would have hung it around
her neck. Good move, smart chick.


17 posted on 11/20/2012 1:45:59 PM PST by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: cherokee1

I just finished putting three members of family through college. For the most part they were afraid of taking on professors because they could just arbitrarily issue a failing grade and then it is start over. At 25K per degree (local college) you don’t want to start over. College actually makes more $$ on the ones who fail as they collect up front, no refund if you fail. 95% commie professors who preach their liberal politics to their classroom and don’t teach the material. These professors are scum.


18 posted on 11/20/2012 4:37:47 PM PST by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: Shadow44

I completely agree, dear Shadow44! Thank you so very much for your encouragements!


19 posted on 11/23/2012 7:41:49 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: STYRO
Tragic business. It should be fundamental to leaders and teachers, that respect must be given to be received. We reap what we sow.
20 posted on 11/23/2012 9:30:08 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: betty boop
May God ever bless her!

Amen!

Thank you oh so very much for your blessings and encouragements, dearest sister in Christ!


21 posted on 11/23/2012 9:34:37 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: xzins
I do hope they will not be able to wiggle out of it - and that all the paperwork is secure.

Thank you so very much for your encouragements, dear brother in Christ!

22 posted on 11/23/2012 9:37:34 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Hot Tabasco
Perhaps that day will come, but I am grateful for the laboratory animals. Their contribution has surely saved many lives over the years.
23 posted on 11/23/2012 9:40:30 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Slambat
LOLOL! She truly is a "smart chick!"
24 posted on 11/23/2012 9:41:50 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Hot Tabasco

We should just experiment on Democrats instead


25 posted on 11/25/2012 1:12:50 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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