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Apr 30, 2015 6:19 PM

Activists criticize use of steroids on hamsters

The Associated Press

Animal rights activists say Northeastern University lab researchers are pitting steroid-injected hamsters against undrugged ones to study aggression.

In a complaint released this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals argues that the experiments violate the state's ban on animal fighting.

The organization says the lab trains hamsters to fight and contributes to a fight atmosphere by injecting some animals with steroids and using others as bait. PETA wants Massachusetts to file charges against lead lab researcher Richard Melloni and others.

Melloni, a longtime researcher, has received millions in federal grants dating back two decades. He says he is unaware of the complaint and declined to comment further.

State Attorney General Maura Healey's office didn't immediately comment clarifying whether the research lab's work is a violation of the law.


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