Animal rights group claims negligence at Ala. firm
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Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
Animal rights group claims
negligence at Ala. firm
An animal rights group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine an Alabama research institute $50,000 for the deaths of a monkey and two ferrets, and the mistreatment of two other ferrets.
The complaint by the group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, claims the Southern Research Institute was negligent and provided inadequate care for the animals.
The USDA filed a report in January that found one of the macaques died of suffocation. It said that corrective measures were taken to prevent that from happening again.
The investigation also discovered that four ferrets being carried from one building to another were left in their transport enclosure for two hours. Two died from overheating and the other two had to be treated. The report said the institute took corrective actions.
Institute spokeswoman Rhonda Jung said in a statement the matter has been investigated and the institute considers it closed.
"We follow stringent reporting guidelines and regulatory agencies routinely inspect our facilities and practices," she said. "We place a high premium on animal care and safety, and try to anticipate and prevent accidents at all times."
But Michael Budkie, the executive director of the animal rights group, said he hopes regulators make an example of the institute.
"It is clear from these two incidents of negligence that the staff of SRI has an entirely inappropriate and utterly slipshod attitude about the lives of the animals which are in their care," he said in a letter to regulators. "Attitudes such as this potentially endanger the lives of all of the animals at SRI.".
Southern Research Institute - Birmingham, AL
USDA Inspection Report - 20 Jan 2011
Letter of Complaint to USDA About Southern Research Institute - 4 Mar 2011
Federal Investigation Cites SRI lab in Multiple Animal Deaths; Watchdog Group Demands $50,000 Fine - 4 Mar 2011
Complaint against Southern Research alleges animal negligence - 5 Mar 2011
Animal rights group claims negligence at Ala. firm - 5 Mar 2011
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