Lovelace Lab Negligence Continues to Endanger Community, and Deprive, Injure and Kill Animals, Claims Watchdog Group; SAEN Files Second USDA Complaint of 2014 Over Animal Deaths

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Please contact the USDA to insist on a fine for the negligence which killed one monkey, caused a spiral fracture of a limb for another monkey, and deprived animals of food/water.  The USDA must issue a fine!!

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
Monday, September 29, 2014
Contact:  Michael Budkie, SAEN 513-703-9865
 
Lovelace Lab Negligence Continues to Endanger Community, and Deprive, Injure and Kill Animals, Claims Watchdog Group; SAEN Files Second USDA Complaint of 2014 Over Animal Deaths
 
Albuquerque, NM – The national research watchdog group whose complaint earlier this year led to the revelation of animal deaths and breaches of bio-safety practices at Albuquerque's Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute  – LRRI has handled the deadly Ebola virus – said it has filed another complaint regarding the facility.
 
SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May of 2014, which led to a June inspection that resulted in six pages of federal violations connected to the deaths of nine research animals – as well as breaches of bio-safety procedures, which could endanger the population of Albuquerque. 
 
The June USDA inspection revealed multiple lapses of bio-safety practices and procedures at LRRI, a facility which has handled Ebola.  The bio-safety lapses spawned SAEN complaints to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
 
SAEN, which monitors the nation's research facilities, said it has now filed a second complaint with the USDA against LRRI for federal violations which deprived animals of food or water, killed one monkey and injured another during 2014.
 
SAEN says that recently obtained federal reports reveal that multiple incidents of LRRI animal abuse were reported to federal authorities.   Faulty enclosures and staff carelessness led to incidents of food deprivation, water deprivation, as well as a broken limb for one monkey, while a second died of strangulation.
 
"LRRI continues to injure, maim and deprive animals with impunity," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "This facility must be stopped before any more animals are negligently killed or injured or the people of Albuquerque are again put at risk.  There is a clear long-term pattern of negligence which involves not only animal deaths, but also issues which are an obvious public health concern," said Budkie.
 
LRRI was fined $21,750 in 2011 for similar violations.
  
All documents, complaints and government inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.
 
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