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 Emory Slapped with USDA Fine; Federal Violations Continue

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie, 513-575-5517

ATLANTA, GA – Recently-obtained federal documents reveal that Emory University/Yerkes Primate Research Center has been hit with a $15,000 find by the USDA for Violating the Animal Welfare Act.

“We have long considered Emory/Yerkes one of the worst labs in the nation,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Now the federal government has named this facility a major lawbreaker.”

Though the fine is for earlier infractions, Emory/Yerkes continued to break federal laws through 2006. In this 12 month period the lab amassed 21 violations, including one incident where a macaque monkey was killed because an anesthetic machine was improperly assembled.

During 2005 Emory/Yerkes amassed 16 AWA violations, including an incident where primates were duct taped to restraint chairs for the purposes of blood withdrawals.

“This kind of negligence and callous indifference to animals should be punished much more severely than a $15,000 find,” added Budkie. “This facility is connected to over $200 million per year in federal funding for animal experimentation. Why should Emory care about a $15,000 fine?”

The Yerkes Primate Center imprisons over 3300 primates. Primate experiments at Emory/Yerkes cause drug addiction, brain damage, and severe illness. Infant primates experience visual deprivation. Adult primates are confined to restraint chairs with immobilization bars cemented to their heads.

The federal documents and most recent USDA inspection reports for Emory/Yerkes are available upon request.


See Facility Reports and Information:  Emory University

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