Miami Animal Dealer Admits Negligentl Electrocuting Monkeys, and Violating Federal Laws; U.S. Research Watchdog Group Asks Gov't Regulators to Yank License of Florida Dealer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                
Monday, January 26,  2015
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell)  saen@saenonline.org

Miami Animal Dealer Admits Negligently Electrocuting Monkeys, and Violating Federal Laws; U.S. Research Watchdog Group Asks Gov't Regulators to Yank License of Florida Dealer
 
MIAMI / IMMOKALEE, FL – Three monkeys were electrocuted through negligence by a notorious Florida animal dealer and laboratory – and repeat offender of federal animal welfare laws, according to a national research watchdog organization.

The group is now asking government regulators to yank the license of the Florida company.

In an official complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Raleigh, NC, SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) asked for the government regulatory agency to "revoke" the license of Primate Products, which has facilities in Miami and Immokalee, Florida.

SAEN said three monkeys were found dead – apparently by electrocution – on January 31, 2014 at Primate Products, according to internal documents filed with the National Institutes of Health, which accepts reports from laboratories, but doesn't investigate and penalize animal dealers.

However, SAEN obtained the reports and is now asking the USDA, which can penalize facilities for Animal Welfare Act violations, to fine and terminate Primate Products' dealer license.

"(These deaths) situation could potentially violate many sections of the AWA... since this is the second serious incident which negatively impacted the welfare of animals, I hereby request that at the completion of your investigation, USDA/APHIS/AC not only issue the largest fine allowable under the Animal Welfare act, but also revoke the license of Primate Products as an animal dealer," said Michael Budkie, executive director of SAEN in his letter to the USDA.

"As you know, there was another incident (a Nov. 13, 2013 incident where a monkey died after strangulation), upon which I had filed an earlier Official Complaint.  The incident (was) being a non-compliance with PHS policy on animal care/use.  This incident is also clearly a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, upon which the NIH policies are based," added Budkie.

All internal reports and SAEN complaints are available upon request.

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