USDA cites U of Houston for Infant Primate Strangulation Death following; Watchdog Group Complaint

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Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the University of Houston for the strangulation death of an infant primate.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/A 2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

USDA cites U of Houston for Infant Primate Strangulation Death following  Watchdog Group Complaint

HOUSTON, TX  –  The USDA has issued a federal citation against the University of Houston (UH) for the negligent death of an infant primate following a complaint filed by National Research Watchdog Group, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!).
 
On February 4, 2014, SAEN filed an Official Complaint with the USDA relevant to the strangulation death of a 2 week old infant primate, named Kwint, at the University of Houston.  The death was revealed in a report filed by the University of Houston with the National Institutes of Health's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, which was obtained by SAEN through FOIA.
 
The USDA inspected UH on 2/10/14 and issued a citation against the lab under Section 2.38 Animal Handling, one of the code sections used by SAEN to file the complaint.
 
This latest citation follows a 11/18/2013 citation against the University of Houston for a rabbit death which was also the subject of a SAEN complaint.
 
"The University of Houston should face the maximum penalty for these two animal deaths," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "Imagine allowing a 2-week-old infant to die of strangulation.  It is a pity that the only penalty the University will see is a fine."
 
The USDA report and SAEN's Official Complaints are available upon request from SAEN.

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