Princeton Hit with Official Warning by USDA; New Citation issued for Primate Escape; Watchdog Group Denounces ‘Warning’ as “Slap on the Wrist”

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Monday, October 10, 2011
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

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Princeton Hit with Official Warning by USDA; New Citation issued for Primate Escape; Watchdog Group Denounces ‘Warning’ as “Slap on the Wrist”

TRENTON/PRINCETON, NJ – Recently obtained federal reports reveal the Princeton University has been hit with an Official Warning by the USDA for recent Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

USDA records reveal that on June 1, 2011 USDA/APHIS issued an Official Warning against Princeton University for inadequate veterinary care and inadequate supervision of experimental protocols by Princeton’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

According to USDA inspection reports previously released by national research watchdog group SAEN, Princeton had been cited for AWA violations in April of 2011 for experiments that deprive monkeys of access to water for periods greater than 24 hours and for inadequately observing a marmoset who was giving birth.

Princeton was also 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.

A June 7, 2011, USDA inspection cites Princeton for unqualified personnel due to the escape of a marmoset from a cage. The primate was injured during the escape.

Princeton was also the target of a recent Official Complaint filed by SAEN which was based on a whistleblower statement. Insider photos were also released.

“Princeton’s negligence deserves a far more severe penalty than an official warning,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Without meaningful penalties, the law might as well not exist,” added Budkie. “Now it seems that the staff are Princeton are so unqualified that they can’t even keep the animals in the cages.”

The USDA Official Warning documents and most recent inspection report are attached.

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