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Phyllis Fong
USDA, Office of Inspector General
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Dear Inspector General Fong,

Following this cover letter you will find a piece of correspondence which I have just sent to the Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johans. This letter is the result of an investigation performed by SAEN. This investigation was spurred by the recent (September of 2005) audit report 33002-3-SF, APHIS Animal Care Program Enforcement Activities.

In this report you question the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by the Eastern Regional Office of USDA/APHIS/AC. My investigation examined the functioning of this office since your audit. I believe that you will find that the Eastern Regional Office has not improved in that time period. The most shocking incidents which I discovered include: A monkey strangled on plastic tubing at Harvard because the researcher who was in charge of the primate went to lunch. At the Boehringer Ingelheim pharmaceutical company in Ridgefield (CT) a beagle asphyxiated after becoming trapped between the bars of a cage. At this same facility a squirrel monkey died after being run through a cage washer (a repeat incident), other primates lost all the skin off their hands or sustained thermal injuries. At Vanderbilt a squirrel monkey named Lilí Wayne was found in a state of collapse due to the shutoff of water during renovations; he was euthanized. At Emory University two rhesus monkeys were duct taped to restraint chairs for blood withdrawal. Dogs at the Southern Research Institute were starved during a two week period to the point that one dog lost more than 38% of his/her body weight. Dogs at Covance laboratories are also deprived of food.

In general my findings echo those of your office. USDA/APHIS/AC inspection reports for over 160 research laboratories were obtained through FOIA. 19 of the top 20 violators contained in this group were from the Eastern Region. In a nine month period these facilities accumulated as much as 27 AWA violations. In contrast, inspection reports for five laboratories were withheld by the FOIA office due to open cases. All five of these facilities are in the Western Region.

I hereby request that you open another investigation of the Eastern Regional Office of USDA/APHIS/AC due to the continued non-enforcement of the AWA by this entity. It is clear that federal law is being violated, animals are suffering, and the public safety is in danger. These labs are violating the law at will with little or no fear of consequences.

I would also like to request that you respond to this letter in writing as soon as possible.

Sincerely,


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

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