SAEN LogoMore Animals Negligently Killed at Emory - School Violates Federal Law; National Watchdog Calls for Federal Fine
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 2, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517, [email protected]

More Animals Negligently Killed at Emory - School Violates Federal Law; National Watchdog Calls for Federal Fine

ATLANTA, GA Multiple animals have been negligently and illegally killed here at Emory University, according to federal records and a national research watchdog group said the bungling research facility would almost be "comical" it if wasn't so "tragic."

Nonprofit research watchdog SAEN, which monitors U.S. research facilities for illegalities and animal abuse, said it recently obtained multiple federal reports that reveal another negligent primate death at Emory University, as well as deaths of three other research subjects.

SAEN, gleaning information from confidential Emory correspondence with the National Institutes of Health, said that careless Emory staff actually euthanized the wrong monkey, and discovered the mistake only after the animal was dead.

SAEN also reported that one vole was found dead in a cage without food, while one other vole was found dead and another was later euthanized in a cage without a water bottle. Three animal deaths were attributed to either negligent starvation or dehydration..

"If the incompetence at Emory wasn't so tragic, it would almost be comical," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN executive director. "Who works at Emory - Laurel & Hardy?"

"They somehow managed to kill the wrong monkey," added Budkie. "Then they followed that with three deaths connected to either starvation or dehydration. If private individuals not connected to an animal laboratory committed these same atrocities, they would go to jail."

SAEN has filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, which has the power to fine or otherwise punish research facilities, and is urging federal officials to fine Emory the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction/per animal.

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