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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell) [email protected]

University of Texas - MD Anderson Negligence Kills Again; After Boiling Monkey Alive, Rabbit Dies from Overdose - Watchdog Group Calls for Maximum Federal Penalty

HOUSTON, TX University of Texas, MD Anderson is the target of a second federal complaint filed by a national watchdog group after a government report detailed a chemical overdose that killed one research subject, and another report chronicled the negligent death of a monkey that was boiled alive.

SAEN, an Ohio-based nonprofit watchdog that monitors U.S. research facilities for illegal activities and animal abuse, said a Sept. 15 U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection of MD Anderson cited the laboratory for a rabbit death caused by an almost tenfold chemical overdose.

SAEN said a March 28 inspection cited the laboratory for essentially boiling a monkey alive.

The September report was specific in how the rabbit died:
"Protocol 1047 describes intravenous administration of 8.0 ml of contrast material to an anesthetized rabbit using a power injector. On November 30, 2016 an experienced operator accidentally injected 70.0 ml of contrast material resulting in the immediate death of a rabbit."

The earlier gruesome monkey death was documented in an inspection which said the monkey: "was found deceased in the next box after the cage had been processed through the cage wash. Earlier in the day, the animals had been handled for diagnostic testing and transferred to clean enclosures. However, one owl monkey was missed and remained in the nest box while it was transferred to the cage wash room, hosed down and processed through the cage wash."

Laboratory cage wash systems typically sterilize with heat, meaning that this monkey could well have been boiled alive.

"The fatal carelessness that would be necessary to kill two separate animals is highly disturbing," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., a SAEN co-founder. "It appears that MD Anderson staff is so negligent that it can't keep the animals alive long enough to experiment on them."

SAEN is calling for an additional citation for Unqualified Personnel, and the maximum federal penalty - $10,000 per infraction/per animal.

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