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Animal activists protest Sparks laboratory

Page Last Updated: Friday January 8, 2010 11:54am PST

Angry animal activists protested in front of a Sparks laboratory that was blamed earlier this week for the death of a monkey.

Protesters assembled at 11:30 a.m., on the corner of Longley Lane and Maestro, near the Charles River laboratory.

"If the staff at Charles River can't even be trusted to get animals out of the cage before they go through the cage washing system, do you want to trust your life to drugs tested in this facility?" said Tania Tavcar of the Northern Nevada Animal Alliance. "What else have they lied about?"

The protesters have contacted the USDA to demand action against Charles River, and now they want the public to get involved, according to members of the animal rights organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

A USDA inspection report from June 2009 revealed an incident during which a primate was left inside a cage which was sent through a cage washer. Commercial cage washers are designed to sterilize the enclosures, according to the advocacy group.

This incident occurred even though the cage was supposedly checked three times before being put into the washing system, according to the advocacy group.

This incident follows the payment of a $10,000 fine by the laboratory to settle a case arising from an incident in 2008, during which a heating malfunction took the lives of 32 primates at the Sparks, Nevada lab, according to the advocacy group.

The group also says that a 2007 incident at the lab in Sparks maimed primates so severely that their fingers had to be amputated.

"The negligence at Charles River has taken the lives of many animals and injured many others" said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, Stop Animal Exploitation Now. "It is time for meaningful action by government agencies.".

Please contact the USDA to demand that labs which kill animals through negligence be punished to the fullest extent the law allows

Please write to the Western Regional Office of the USDA and demand that they take serious action against Charles River Laboratories, small fines are not enough.

See: USDA Inspection Report - 9 Jun 2009
See: Activists: Slam the Door on Charles River
See Also:
Animal activists protest Sparks laboratory - 8 Jan 2010
Animal testing facility paid $4,500 fine for primate killed in cage cleaning at Reno lab - 6 Jan 2010
Report: Research monkey at Reno lab killed in 2009 - 5 Jan 2010
Take Action against animal abuse at Charles River Laboratories

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