Harvard Medical School under fire for animal testing death

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Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyer to demand that Harvard Medical School receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which killed a monkey during an imaging procedure.

This is the third time in 1 1/2 years that negligence at the Medical School has killed a primate. During the same time period Harvard University negligence killed a goat, and negligence at two Harvard Medical School affiliated Hospitals killed another five animals. So far the USDA has issued only an Official Warning against Harvard's Medical School. Clearly USDA inaction has contributed to the continuing deaths at these facilities.

Please insist that the USDA issue a fine, and let Dr. Goldentyer know that you hold her personally responsible for the USDA's inaction, and the deaths of these animals. She MUST take action now!

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606

919-855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/harvard-medical-school-underfire-for-animal-testing-death-20120111

Harvard Medical School under fire for animal testing death

From MyFoxBoston.com, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SOUTHBOROUGH  - A Harvard Medial School laboratory in Southborough is being cited by the USDA after yet another primate died while in the care of technicians at the facility.

In a recent report filed by the USDA, the New England Primary Research Center, a research lab run by Harvard, was found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act for improper animal handling which resulted in the death of a primate.

According to Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), a watchdog group for animal rights, this is the third negligent primate death at the laboratory in one and a half years, and the ninth animal killed while at a hospital affiliated with the Harvard Medical School.

The most recent violation was cited in a Dec. 12 inspection report which found numerous infractions, including improper handling, three citations for improper enclosures, and a final violation for inadequate environmental enhancement.

The Harvard Medical School released a statement saying that they “take the USDA findings seriously and deeply regret the situation that led to this recent report. The issues raised by the USDA were promptly corrected. The Harvard Medical School is fully committed to complying with all regulations and requirements in the conduct of ethical biomedical research.”

The SAEN is asking that serious action and a sizeable fine be brought against the Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals.

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