In September the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) entered the facilities of
the Capralogics laboratory in Hardwick, MA. This company uses rabbits
and goats to produce antibodies which are used by other research
facilities. During this raid 23 rabbits were freed from the laboratory.
Photos of the horrendous suffering endured by the animals were released.
A communiqué issued by the ALF states:
submitted with this communiqué, taken by a Capralogics employee in the
U.S., show the way rabbits are treated by this terrible company - their
bodies restrained in headlocks, their skin shaved off so they could be
injected with various compounds. When their experiment concludes, they
are terminally bled, meaning they are cut and left to bleed until their
life has drained away.”
SAEN was not connected to this
“raid” in any way, because our methods are only legal and above ground.
However, we felt very strongly that this kind of photographic evidence
of wrongdoing on the part of the Capralogics Company could not be
Therefore, on September 20th, SAEN filed an official
complaint against the Capralogics Company, requesting an immediate
investigation by the USDA. Our complaint stated:
staff of this laboratory clearly has a total disregard for the pain and
suffering which are inflicted on the animals in their care. The rabbits
used at this facility clearly need veterinary care and/or anesthesia.
Also, this facility (from the Capralogics website) produces antibodies
for use by other facilities. It is well known that antibodies can be
produced in vitro, without the use of animals. Therefore, the work
performed at this facility clearly violates the provisions in the Animal
Welfare Act regarding alternatives to the use of animals.”
In addition to the clearly abusive and unnecessary procedures performed
on rabbits and goats, the lab had also lied about the very nature of
these practices, claiming that the animals did not feel any pain or
distress. These misrepresentations occurred in reports filed with the
SAEN’s complaint was covered by many newspapers
across Massachusetts, including the Boston Globe. The Associated Press
also generated a story which was picked up by many local newspapers.
Please contact the USDA to demand that they take action against
Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
920 Main Campus Dr Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606