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 Whistleblower reveals abuse at Alpha Genesis facilities Research Watchdog demands Federal Investigation

For Immediate Release
Thursday April 24, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie
513-703-9865 (cell) 513-575-5517

Attn: News Desk

Whistleblower reveals abuse at Alpha Genesis facilities Research Watchdog demands Federal Investigation

Charleston, SC – A national research Watchdog organization has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture based on information provided by a whistleblower from the Alpha-Genesis facility in South Carolina.

The complaint alleges abuse of primates at the large facility, as well as utilization of unqualified personnel, and negligence in the November death of an infant primate at the facility.

“According to our source a young female primate died of negligence at the Alpha Genesis lab late in 2007,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “Apparently when this animal died all of her bones were readily visible. It appears that she had been starved.”

Other issues at the lab center around unqualified staff and the decomposition of primates after death. According to the inside source, primates are deliberately left outside in the elements after death to allow partial decomposition of the corpse to prevent accurate necropsies.

The source also alleges that management of Alpha Genesis is actively disinterested in animal welfare. When employees raise concerns about abuse or negligence the alleged result is termination.

Recently obtained primate intake reports from a public U./S. University reveal that Alpha Genesis primates arrived missing multiple fingers and/or toes, and one had specifically “ stripped hair coat on left leg.” These are clear indications of psychological abnormality.

“So many different issues have been raised about this facility that we believe it is time for a major investigation,” added Budkie. “We want the truth to come out.”

SAEN has contacted the USDA to demand an investigation of all allegations of abuse and negligence while simultaneously launching an independent probe.


See Facility Reports and Information to learn more about Alpha-Genesis, Yemassee, SC

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