Texas Biomed making changes after recent primate deaths

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Texas Biomed making changes after recent primate deaths

By Jeremy Baker, KENS5.com, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Texas Biomed is no stranger to allegations by animal rights groups. The research facility recognizes they are under scrutiny by the USDA, especially after the death of a primate this summer.

The primate deaths and results from recent inspections from the United States Department of Agriculture have led to changes in how the facility handles its animals. Texas BioMed is charged with self-reporting any and all animal welfare issues.

KENS 5 was able to study some of the most recent USDA inspections, including a report in January 2014 that said "a juvenile baboon died after being caught in the cable for a guillotine door."

That same inspection report cited two similar deaths from the previous year where, "two juvenile macaques died from similar strangulation involving guillotine door cables."

A third report in June said that a young male baboon, "died as a result of septicemia from trauma wounds."

The deaths and injuries have prompted criticism from animal rights groups, and prompted a pledge from Texas Biomed.

A spokesperson for the research facility said, "we worked closely with the USDA to resolve everything brought to our attention. We have changed some of the procedures we use in monitoring the primates in our care and implemented expanded training procedures to ensure we are providing the best care possible."

Texas Biomed also said that it continuously seeks opportunity to enhance care provided to the primates, for the sake of the animals, as well as the quality of the research programs.

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