Insider Reveals Fifth Death at Harvard’s Primate Research Center; Watchdog Group Files Official Complaint, Demands USDA Fine

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From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"


Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyer to demand that Harvard Medical School receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which killed a monkey during a medical procedure.

This is the fifth time in just over one and a half years that negligence at the New England Primate Research  Center has killed a primate.

So far the USDA has issued only an Official Warning against Harvard's Medical  School. Clearly USDA inaction has contributed to the continuing deaths at this facility.

Please insist that the USDA issue a fine, and let Dr. Goldentyer know that you hold her personally responsible for the USDA's inaction, and the deaths of these animals. She MUST take action now!

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

Insider Reveals Fifth Death at Harvard's Primate Research Center; Watchdog Group Files Official Complaint, Demands USDA Fine

BOSTON/SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – An inside account of an as yet unreported death at Harvard’s
New England Primate Research Center has prompted a National Research Watchdog Organization to
file an Official Complaint with the USDA to insist that a fifth death be added to the current federal
investigation.

An insider from Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center exposed yet another negligent
primate death which took place in the center’s building number 5. A veterinary technician was
performing a routine medical procedure on a monkey, but the animal did not survive the procedure.

Other information provided by the insider while not likely illegal is equally disturbing. Apparently
primates within Harvard’s Center fight so regularly that significant injuries occur on an almost daily
basis.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA’s Eastern Regional
Office alleging violations of several sections of the Animal Welfare Act including: 2.32 Unqualified
Personnel and 2.33 Inadequate Veterinary Care.

This latest revelation brings the total of negligent deaths at Harvard’s Primate Research Center to five, with an additional death having occurred at the Harvard Medical School’s downtown location. Two primates have been reported to have died of dehydration, while another passed on mysteriously after a routine diagnostic test. One primate was discovered deceased in a cage which had been sterilized.

As a result of the scandal swirling around the Primate Center, the facility’s Director has resigned and new projects have been put on hold.

“The death toll at Harvard’s Primate Research Center just continues to climb,” said Michael A.
Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “We have to wonder if situations like this are actually
commonplace and the truth is just now coming out.”

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