Court to decide whether researchers’ names should be public

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the names of some University of Connecticut animal researchers can be kept secret to protect the safety of the scientists.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is seeking the names and grant numbers of researchers at UConn who are in violation of the national Animal Welfare Act or National Institute of Health guidelines for the use of animals in research.

The state Department of Administrative Services unsuccessfully argued in a lower court that the information can be kept secret under an exemption to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Law.

A Superior Court judge disagreed, saying the state had failed to prove a safety risk to the researchers.

The high court will hear the case on Friday.

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