URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513/703-9865 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN DIEGO, CA -- A national research watchdog group is asking the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to investigate all veterinary records of primates
used at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies here after government
regulators documented violations of federal law at the facility in a
September inspection that led to a monkey being killed.
In a letter to the USDA this week, SAEN, an Ohio-based organization that monitors U.S. research facilities, referenced a USDA inspection that listed "multiple incidents" of primate abuse at the Salk Institute, including depriving primates of water for extended periods of time.
" I must insist that your office institute an immediate investigation," said Michael Budkie, A.H.T., executive director of SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now), in his letter to Dr. Robert Gibbens, Western Region Director of USDA/APHIS/AC.
SAEN also notified Gibbens it had filed an "official complaint" after "clear violations of the Animal Welfare Act" were found during the USDA inspection.
The inspection, said Budkie, documented – in addition to withholding water from research subjects – "inadequate" veterinary care at the Salk Institute involving a primate used in brain mapping experiments who had to eventually be euthanized because of the lack of care.
"In my experience from examining veterinary records for primates used in this type of experimentation, brain abscesses are common, and treatment is often delayed or non-existent. I believe that the situation for which the Salk Institute was cited is not unique, and the USDA must thoroughly examine the veterinary records of all primates at the Salk Institute,"
SAEN is also asking the USDA, following a full investigation, to heavily fine the Salk Institute no less than $10,000 for each and every violation of federal law.
USDA documents and SAEN correspondence available upon request.
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