Charles River Lab Boils Primate in Cage Washer

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From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
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Charles River Lab Boils Primate in Cage Washer

RENO, NV – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of the Charles River Laboratory facility in Longly (NV) which took the life of a primate during 2009.

A USDA inspection report from June of 2009 reveals an incident during which a primate was left inside a cage which was sent through a cagewasher. Commercial cagewashers are designed to sterilize the enclosures, meaning that this primate was literally boiled alive. This incident occurred even though the cage was supposedly checked 3 times before being put into the washing system.

This incident follows the payment of a $10,000 fine by Charles River Laboratories (CRL) to settle a case arising from a 2008 episode at the CRL facility in Nevada during which a heating malfunction took the lives of 32 primates at the Sparks, NV lab.

A 2007 incident at the CRL lab in Sparks maimed primates so severely that their fingers had to be amputated.

“The negligence at Charles River has taken the lives of many animals and injured many others” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “It is time for meaningful action by government agencies,” he said.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See: USDA Inspection Report - 9 Jun 2009
See: Activists: Slam the Door on Charles River
See Also:
Animal activists protest Sparks laboratory - 8 Jan 2010
Animal testing facility paid $4,500 fine for primate killed in cage cleaning at Reno lab - 6 Jan 2010
Report: Research monkey at Reno lab killed in 2009 - 5 Jan 2010
Take Action against animal abuse at Charles River Laboratories

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