Group Demands OIG Audit of USDA regarding 3 Monkey Deaths and Filing of Fraudulent Reports at TX lab

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865
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Group Demands OIG Audit of USDA regarding 3 Monkey Deaths and Filing of Fraudulent Reports at TX lab

WASHINGTON, DC – A national research watchdog organization has requested both a new USDA investigation of a nationally-known lab as well as an Inspector General’s investigation of the conduct of the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service regarding the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, TX

USDA reports, said SAEN, reveal primates have died at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research from dehydration and hypothermia. Others have simply been “found dead” – possibly without veterinary care – after suffering from serious disease conditions which include temperatures up to 105 degrees. Another incident previously disclosed in government report involved a post-mortem dissection of a primate who was not yet dead.

Additionally, it appears that SWFBR is playing fast and loose with federal reporting requirements. Documents obtained from through the freedom of information act reveal a 633 primate discrepancy in reporting to two different regulatory agencies, suggesting fraud within the lab.

The continuing round of deaths at the San Antonio lab has also raised questions about the ability of the USDA to enforce the Animal Welfare Act at SWFBR. The streak of three deaths has generated no regulatory response from the USDA. Additionally, even though one death was disclosed in an annual report filed by the lab, no investigation was ever performed. No USDA inspection report even mentions the incident.

“Both the management of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and the agencies responsible for enforcing federal laws are apparently asleep at the wheel regarding this lab,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “How many monkeys have to be killed negligently before meaningful action is taken?”

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.

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See Also:
SW Foundation for Biomedical Research, San Antonio, TX
Animal groups call for lab probe - 5 Oct 2010
5 Oct 2010 - Group Demands OIG Audit of USDA regarding 3 Monkey Deaths and Filing of Fraudulent Reports at TX lab

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