Complaint filed against Lansing laboratory responsible for 159 guinea pig deaths
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA-APHIS
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Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Emergent Biodefense for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence caused the deaths of 159 guinea pigs. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Complaint filed against Lansing laboratory responsible for 159 guinea pig deaths
From Wajeeha Kamal,, February 16, 2022

On Feb. 15, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, or SAEN, filed a federal complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture over a Lansing-area laboratory killing 159 guinea pigs.

SAEN is a national watchdog organization that investigates animal abuse and illegal activities at U.S. research facilities. 

They are seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction/per animal, which could generate a $1.59 million fine. 

According to a national research watchdog, the Lansing laboratory, Emergent Biodefense, killed the animals after a malfunctioning fire suppression system sprayed chemicals into the room housing the animals.

The animals were being used in an anthrax experiment. 

Over 50% of the lab’s 24,000 guinea pigs are used in experiments without anesthesia, according to SAEN.

SAEN alleges this incident violates federal law and regulations outlined in the Animal Welfare Act for animal handling and functioning of the laboratories’ Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

“Any laboratory which allows animals in a project as potentially dangerous as one involving anthrax to be randomly sprayed with chemicals, should not be trusted to perform hazardous procedures,” Michael A. Budkie, SAEN co-founder, said. “This bungling laboratory should face the maximum penalty.”

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