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Bioreliance lab charged with 7 violations of federal law in 6 months; 19 animals slaughtered through negligence

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)
attn: News Desk

Bioreliance lab charged with 7 violations of federal law in 6 months; 19 animals slaughtered through negligence

Washington, DC � Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of the Bioreliance Corporation, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

The 7 violations amassed by Bioreliance during only 6 months include unqualified personnel, inadequate veterinary care, improper handling of animals and violations by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee.

According to government reports, in August of 2008, living animals were found walking around in a refrigerator used for storage of the bodies of euthanized animals. This incident may have involved as many as 18 animals.

Government documents also reveal that during June of 2008 an animal was killed by being left inside a cage that was sterilized, likely being boiled alive.

�The negligence at Bioreliance may have killed as many as 19 animals� said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. �This facility should face serious consequences,� he said.

�If your staff cannot perform simple tasks like cage cleaning without taking the life of an animal in a horrible way, or making sure that supposedly euthanized animals are actually dead before placing their bodies into refrigeration, then how can any of the results from your facility be given any credence whatsoever,� said Budkie who has contacted Bioreliance to demand an immediate inspection tour of all Bioreliance research facilities.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See also:
Bioreliance Corporation, Rockville, MD
Letter of Complaint To Bioreliance Corp, Rockville, MD - 4 Jun 2009
USDA - APHIS Report - 2007
MD Research Firm Accused of Lab Animal Misuse - 8 Jun 2009

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