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Northeastern University hamster study is criticized

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 said the lab trains hamsters to fight and contributes to a fight atmosphere by injecting some animals with steroids. PETA wants Massachusetts to file charges against lead lab researcher Richard Melloni and others. Northeastern University, in a statement, noted that Melloni’s research has been inspected and approved by the US Department of Agriculture and the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, among other agencies. (AP)