For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
Reno/Sparks, NV – SAEN, a national research watchdog organization,
has learned that the Charles River Corporation violated the Animal
Welfare Act over 20 times in 2006 and another 11 times in the first half
of 2007. The mounting violations follow the issuance of an “Official
Warning” by the USDA for incidents in 2005.
Recently obtained USDA/APHIS Animal Care inspection reports reveal
four incidents in the Sparks CRL lab where negligent handling of
primates by unqualified personnel resulted in injuries severe enough to
warrant amputation of the monkeys’ fingers in 2007.
A 2006 incident reported in the government documents revealed rabbits
with 4 ˝ inch skin lesions without veterinary treatment. Another episode
demonstrated that one primate had serious mental pathologies.
“It is clear that warning Charles River had no impact,” said Michael
A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “It is time for the USDA
to take serious action against CRL.”
SAEN has contacted the USDA to demand the immediate issuance of a
major fine against CRL for the finger amputation incident. Dr. Elizabeth
Goldentyer, Director of the USDA/APHIS/AC’s Eastern Region has been
During 2006 CRL amassed over 20 violations in the areas of veterinary
care, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, feeding, housing,
sanitation, environmental enhancement, and filing of the annual report.
During 2007 areas of citations included primary enclosures,
sanitation, housing, and unqualified personnel.
All government reports are available upon request.