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Letter of Complaint To Bioreliance Corp, Rockville, MD


1081-B St. Rt. 28 PMB 280
Milford, Ohio 45150
513-575-5517
www.saenonline.org 

6/4/09

BIORELIANCE CORPORATION
9630 Medical Center Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

To Whom It May Concern:

I am contacting you today regarding very disturbing information which has recently come into my possession. This information is in the form of reports from 3 consecutive inspections of Bioreliance during 2008 by the United States Department of Agriculture. These reports reveal 7 separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act within a period of six months. These violations were very serious in nature, potentially taking the lives of as many as 19 animals due to the negligence of your staff.

One incident during August of 2008 involved the incomplete euthanasia of as many as 19 hamsters. These animals were placed into refrigeration while still alive. This kind of negligence is simply horrendous.

During the inspection previous to this, occurring in July of 2008, it became apparent that a hamster had been killed by being left in a cage which was then sterilized essentially being boiled alive.

I find these violations to be outrageous. I am deeply saddened and disappointed that Bioreliance has such a clear disregard for animals and federal law.

The nature of these violations is also very distressing. If your staff cannot perform simple tasks like cage cleaning without taking the life of an animal in a horrible way, or making sure that supposedly euthanized animals are actually dead before placing their bodies into refrigeration, then how can any of the results from your facility be given any credence whatsoever? I must say that I was also very offended by the staff that I first contacted by telephone today, who denied that Bioreliance even used any animals in testing.

I believe it is necessary that the labs at Bioreliance be inspected by an independent authority other than the USDA. Therefore I request that I be given the opportunity to inspect all Bioreliance laboratories and that all local news media be allowed to accompany me on this tour. This tour would give Bioreliance the opportunity to demonstrate an attitude of openness and a willingness to rectify the major problems that clearly existed as recently as 10 months ago.

I will look forward to your immediate response.

With Respect For All Life,


Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

See Also:
Bioreliance Corporation, Rockville, MD
Press Release - 4 June 2009
USDA - APHIS Report - 2007
USDA - Inspection Report - 22 Aug 2008

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