SAEN Files Complaint Against Lansing Laboratory for 159 Guinea pig deaths
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Dr. Robert Gibbens
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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.


SAEN Files Complaint Against Lansing Laboratory for 159 Guinea pig deaths

From Rachel Fulton,, February 17, 2022

A complaint has been filed against a Lansing laboratory, Emergent Biodefense, that killed 159 guinea pigs after a malfunctioning fire suppression system sprayed chemicals into the room housing the animals.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a national watchdog organization that investigates animal abuse and illegal activities at U.S. research facilities, are seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction/per animal, which could generate a $1.59 million fine.

The animals were being used in an anthrax experiment.

According to SAEN, Over 50% of the labís 24,000 guinea pigs are used in experiments without anesthesia.

SAEN affirms that this incident violates federal law and regulations indicated in the Animal Welfare Act for animal handling and functioning of the laboratoriesí Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

Based on original reporting by Janelle James, Liz Nass, Wajeeha Kamal. Script by Shakyra Mabone.

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