2 Rabbits bleed to death and 2 Monkeys die as Duke botches experiments; Watchdog Group Files Complaint and Calls for $30,000 Federal Fine
From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"
Please contact the USDA to insist on a major fine for Duke University
for the negligence which killed 2 rabbits and 2 primates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN 513-575-5517, 513-703-9865 (cell)
2 Rabbits bleed to death and 2 Monkeys die as Duke botches experiments; Watchdog Group Files Complaint & Calls for $30,000 Federal Fine
RALEIGH/DURHAM,NC – Sensitive federal records that reveal two preventable monkey deaths and two preventable rabbit deaths, as well as other injuries to primates at Duke University are being made public by a national research watchdog organization today.
The Duke University lab should be heavily fined - $30,000, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW), a national research watchdog organization, which uncovered the death & negligence. SAEN has filed a federal complaint with the USDA, which oversees research laboratories.
SAEN said the records reveal that 2 monkeys had to be killed after botched colonoscopies resulted in colonic tears. Additionally, 2 rabbits bled to death when their carotid arteries were accidentally severed during a procedure. Two other primates sustained fight injuries when Duke staff placed their cages too close together.
“Duke University has demonstrated a clear pattern of incompetence that has killed two monkeys, two rabbits, and injured other monkeys," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. "This bungling lab deserves the maximum penalty allowable under the law."
The NIH reports and SAEN's Official Complaint are available upon request from SAEN.
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