Harvard Fatal Incompetence spreads from Medical School to University; USDA Report reveals 41 animals dead due to dehydration caused by Negligence

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Please contact the President of Harvard, Drew Gilpin Faust, to demand that all abuse of animals  at this Harvard University be terminated immediately.  Negligence at Harvard University has killed 41 mice and a goat within the last year.  (Harvard University is a separate entity from the Harvard Medical School which has killed multiple primates through negligence.)

Drew Gilpin Faust
Office of the President
Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
 president@harvard.edu
(617) 495-1502

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer to insist that Harvard University be thoroughly investigated, that additional citations be issued for Unqualified Personnel, and that Harvard University be issued the largest fine allowable by federal law.
 
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
Friday, June 15, 2012
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

Harvard Fatal Incompetence spreads from Medical School to University; USDA Report reveals 41 animals dead due to dehydration caused by Negligence

BOSTON, MA – A USDA report obtained today by SAEN reveals that there has been additional negligence at Harvard University, causing the deaths of 41 animals.
 
A USDA report dated 5/24/12 reveals that 41 Peromyscus mice died due to dehydration caused by an unnoticed malfunction in a watering system. This follows a 6-15-11 USDA report which disclosed the death of a goat due to an anesthetic overdose at Harvard University.
 
This follows a previous inspection from 5/6/12 which stated that a disclosed a primate escape and injury at Harvard Medical School. One of the previous deaths at Harvard Primate Center (also a part of the Medical School) was also connected to a primate escape. And staff incompetence also led to a primate’s limb fracture.
 
“It appears that the level of incompetence at Harvard has not changed, and may be increasing” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Not only can staff not keep the animals in cages, they still seem to be unable to make certain that the animals have water. And now the pattern of deaths is not limited to the medical School facilities, University facilities are involved.”
 
This latest incident follows multiple primate deaths and injuries at Harvard Medical School facilities within the last several years. The have been at least four primate deaths at Harvard’s Primate Research Center, and a fifth at Harvard’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.
 
“The general public should be outraged about the unnecessary suffering and waste of federal tax dollars underway at Harvard,” added Budkie. “Should we continue to fund experimentation at a facility which cannot perform the basic tasks necessary to keep animals alive?.
 
The USDA report is available upon request from SAEN.

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