Princeton again hit with Multiple Federal violations for Monkey Experiments; Watchdog Group Demands Fine and Project Halt by USDA

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Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand an immediate halt to the abusive experiments at Princeton University that have drawn 17 USDA citations for Animal Welfare Act violations during 2010 - 2011. Insist that the experiments be halted and that Princeton receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2011
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

Princeton again hit with Multiple Federal violations for Monkey Experiments; Watchdog Group Demands Fine and Project Halt by USDA

NEWARK/PRINCETON, NJ – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of Princeton University, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

In an April 27, 2011 USDA inspection report Princeton University is repeatedly cited for experiments that deprive monkeys of access to water. The citations include inadequate functioning by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (a repeat violation), inadequate watering, and the filing of a fraudulent report with the USDA. In an unrelated incident the lab is also cited for inadequately observing a marmoset who was giving birth.

Princeton was the target of a scathing USDA inspection report of June 23, 2010. In issuing 13 separate citations against Princeton, the USDA focused on the same highly invasive project which deprives primates of water and implants devices into the skull.

In the 2010 report, Princeton was cited for inadequate functioning of the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee no less than six times in the USDA document, with most of the infractions relevant to the same monkey experiment.

In a two year period Princeton has now been cited a total of 22 times for Animal Welfare Act Violations, with 17 being relevant to primate experiments.

“The negligence and deceit practiced Princeton should prompt a heavy fine from the USDA,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Without meaningful penalties, the law might as well not exist,” added Budkie.

SAEN has contacted the Eastern Regional Office of the USDA/APHIS/AC to insist on a major fine for Princeton, and to insist that these protocols be permanently suspended.

The USDA inspection reports and complaint are attached.

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Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand an immediate halt to the abusive experiments at Princeton University that have drawn 17 USDA citations for Animal Welfare Act violations during 2010 - 2011. Insist that the experiments be halted and that Princeton receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

See also: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

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