One year ago SAEN placed Charles River Laboratories (CRL) fourth on the
list of the worst labs in the nation for violating the Animal Welfare
Act. During a nine month span in 2005, CRL violated federal law 22
times. One incident at CRL left dozens of dogs with bleeding paws from
improper caging. In 2006, this led the USDA to issue an Official Warning
to CRL for this atrocity and other substantial violations.
During 2006, illegal activity persisted at Charles River as the
company piled up another 24 federal violations including episodes where
rabbits suffered untreated skin lesions measuring up to 3.5” x 1.5”. In
a different experiment a rabbit lost 27% of his/her body weight without
receiving any veterinary treatment.
In the first half of 2007 Charles River Labs accumulated another 11
infractions in areas of housing, enclosures, sanitation, etc. The most
startling of these violations were 4 separate incidents where primates
were injured sufficiently during transportation between labs to require
amputation of fingers. The same USDA report also disclosed that during
2006 the leg of a primate was broken due to improper caging. These
animals were victimized by the negligence of unqualified personnel at
We believe that the suffering inflicted on animals by Charles River
Laboratories is inexcusable and was primarily caused by negligence.
Therefore, we feel that the USDA must take immediate and severe action
against this criminal laboratory.
On March 2, 2008, SAEN exposed the abuses inside CRL to Nevada news
media including the Associated Press and the Reno Gazette-Journal, who
produced dramatic stories (available on our website) which spread across
the U.S. revealing the truth about the suffering of these innocent
animals inside many CRL facilities.