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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
From the Spring 2007 Issue

Torturing Animals in Connecticut -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

During most of our history, SAEN has focused primarily on the experimentation performed by colleges and universities. Never before have we examined the projects performed at a pharmaceutical company. However, our investigations have uncovered horrendous abuses at the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company in Ridgefield, CT. During the first nine months of 2005, this laboratory accumulated 19 violations of the Animal Welfare Act including infractions in areas of veterinary care, environmental enhancement for primates, unqualified personnel, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, and housing/facilities.

On 4/5/04 a beagle died of asphyxiation at Boehringer after becoming trapped between the bars of a cage. No one at this laboratory even noticed that a beagle was dying. No one cared.

Another dog at this same facility suffered terribly during 2005. On May 4 a USDA inspector found this dog to be:
“ . . . recumbent and shivering. According to personnel, the animals run a fever at this stage of the study . . . According to the dog’s medical records, the dog’s weight was 12.9 kg when the study began on 4/5/05 and the dog weighed 9.4 kg on 5/9/05 which is a 27% weight loss in 35 days. The dog experienced elevated body temperatures ranging from 103 to 106 degrees F for 24 to 48 hour periods of time on four separate occasions after beginning the study. There were multiple notations in the dog’s record that it did not eat during the febrile episodes.”

Despite this animal’s severe pain and suffering, the research facility had reported this study as one where the dog did not feel any pain or distress.

On 5/4/05 dog #1374 “exhibited substantial circling behavior.” However, this animal had not even been identified as needing veterinary care.

Boehringer also had multiple incidents that tortured primates. Cynomolgous monkey #497 was used in an experiment on September 2, 2004. Two days later all of the skin had sloughed off of both of this primate’s hands due to a thermal injury, resulting in the amputation of two fingers. Rhesus monkey #831 died after being run through a cage washer despite the fact that three different employees had checked the cage. A similar incident had killed another primate at this facility in 2001, and a rat was killed this same way on 8/30/04. Rhesus monkey #688 was found dead in his cage on 10/30/04 after having been “squeezed” in his cage on the previous day.

“A post mortem examination attributed the cause of death to be hemothorax (accumulation of blood in the chest) related to self-inflicted trauma or due to difficulties associated with the handling of the animal.”

Primates #779 and #916 are listed as severely stressed, because they are removing their own hair.

This lab has illustrated some of the most severe instances of abuse and neglect that we have ever seen. The USDA has responded to these instances of abuse by levying a fine of $20,060 which is one of the largest fines we have seen in recent years.

Please contact this criminal corporation to express your outrage at their treatment of animals:

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
900 Ridgebury Rd
P.O. Box 368
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(800) 243-0127
(203) 798-9988

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