URGENT - ACT NOW !!!
Dear Dr. Goldentyer, Dir, USDA Eastern Region,
Please LEVY the MAXIMUM FINE against Glaxo Smith Kline for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act which caused a monkey to choke to death. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Glaxo Smith Kline laboratory, King of
Prussia, cited after death of animal
By The Times Herald, August 10, 2016
UPPER MERION - Negligence at a Glaxo Smith Kline laboratory – the second
largest employer here – has led to a primate strangling to death in
violation of federal laws, according to a national research watchdog group.
A recently obtained government inspection report reveals the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees research laboratories, cited Glaxo Smith Kline for violating federal laws, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!), which monitors the nation’s research facilities for violation of law and abuse of animals.
A USDA inspection report dated June 14 specifically cited Glaxo Smith Kline for violating the primary enclosure requirements of the Animal Welfare Act – a primate was able to open the squeeze lock mechanism and move the back panel of the cage forward, which resulted in the primate getting caught in the space created and choking to death.
In its official complaint SAEN filed with the USDA, SAEN is insisting on an additional citation and a federal fine which could be as high as $10,000 per infraction.
“Glaxo Smith Kline’s primate enclosure did not satisfy the safety requirements set by federal law, and a primate suffered and died as a result. Because an animal was subject to prolonged suffering and death, this lab deserves of a severe penalty,” said Stacey Ellison, SAEN research analyst.
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