SNBL cited for two primate deaths

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Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against SNBL laboratories for the deaths of primates due to hyperthermia (heat stress).

Dr. Robert Gibbens
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SNBL cited for two primate deaths

By Ofella Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-NewsJournal, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A federal inspector cited SNBL, a primate dealer/lab headquartered in Everett, Wash. with a branch located in Alice, Texas, for the negligent deaths of two primates due to heat stress, according to Stop Animal Exploitation Now organization.

The USDA citations in July 2013 followed the filing of an official USDA Complaint by SAEN relevant to multiple animal deaths, including many from hyperthermia (heat stress).

The primate hyperthermia deaths are documented in a July 2013 USDA inspection report for the SNBL dealer facility.  The report reveals that two primates died of hyperthermia following negligent capture attempts, which caused severe stress and overheating to the animals.

According to the USDA report SNBL's capture techniques include chasing monkeys with nets.  The stress caused by these techniques led directly to the primate deaths.

“We believe the staff of this SNBL facility is clearly incompetent and has caused unnecessary animal deaths, deserving of a severe penalty,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN."

SAEN has filed a follow-up official complaint with the USDA's Western Regional Office, insisting on a federal fine.

No one at the SNBL Alice office was available to comment. 

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