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

The Defender
From Summer 2009 Issue

SAEN shocks Major Labs with National Media Expose’ -- Abuse of Hamsters, Dogs, Pigs, & Monkeys revealed

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has uncovered and exposed terrible cruelty inside Charles River Laboratories (CRL) location in Shrewsbury (MA), Bioreliance Corp. in Rockville (MD), and Tufts University Vet School in Boston (MA).

The CRL location in Shrewsbury amassed 13 federal violations during an 18 month period ranging from inadequate veterinary care, facilities, enclosures, sanitation, & environmental enhancement to violations by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). According to USDA reports dated August of 2008, a monkey and a dog had to be killed after botched surgical procedures. Other CRL facilities have a history of major violations including a 2008 episode at a Nevada CRL facility where a heating malfunction literally cooked 32 primates to death.

The 7 violations amassed by Bioreliance during only 6 months include unqualified personnel, inadequate veterinary care, improper handling of animals, and violations by the IACUC. According to USDA reports dated August of 2008, living hamsters were found in a freezer used for storage of dead animals. This incident may have involved as many as 18 animals. During June of 2008, another hamster was boiled alive by being left inside a cage that was being sterilized.

During a January of 2009 inspection, Tufts Veterinary School piled up 6 federal violations including burning 3 dogs with a heat lamp following surgical procedures and performing castrations on pigs without anesthesia.

SAEN’s investigations brought both national and international media attention to the abuse and criminal negligence of these labs. Hundreds of nationally-known media outlets, including Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, ran stories highlighting these shocking cases. The news of this abuse flew across the internet, appearing on over 7000 different news web pages, including The Guardian of Great Britain.

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