University loses suit over dogs, cats used in research

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National News

November 12, 2019 - 9:57 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Boone County, Mo., judge has ruled that University of Missouri violated the state’s open records law by placing an exorbitantly high price tag on records sought by a California animal rescue group.

When the Beagle Freedom Project requested MU records on 179 cats and dogs that the school used in medical research, the university said the documents would cost $82,000.

The group, sued the university in 2016, claiming the cost was “prohibitively high” and “violates the Missouri Sunshine Law.” It alleged the high cost effectively would prevent public access to the information.

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