Watchdog Group Claims Alice Primate Lab Broke the Law

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Watchdog Group Claims Alice Primate Lab Broke the Law

By Mike Manzoni, KRISTV.com, Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ALICE -- A animal watchdog group has filed a complaint against an Alice animal research facility with the Department of Agriculture, citing the USDA's own inspection reports which found monkeys housed in poor conditions at the facility.

The complaint cites an inspection report from June in which USDA officials found several monkeys missing various body parts.

"RQ4571 [one of the monkeys] was missing the pinnae of both ears, had a defect to the 5th finger of the right hand, and was missing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th digits on the right hand."

Another monkey, RQ5967, was "missing the pinnae of the left ear, the right 2nd finger is too short, and the right 3rd tow is missing two phalanges."

The facility, operated by Covance, Inc., houses approximately 13,000 monkeys used in medical testing.

Convance released a statement, reading in part: "Covance takes very seriously our regulatory and ethical responsibilities to treat research animals with the utmost care and respect."

It continued: "In the few instances where the USDA report cited areas where they found concern, Covance has taken all necessary steps to assure the issues identified by the USDA were thoroughly resolved."

Michael A. Budkie, SAEN's executive director, said the company may have violated the Animal Welfare Act by keeping their primates in poor conditions.

The USDA probe is expected to take up to four months. If inspectors find the lab violated any federal laws, they could either be warned or fined.

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