Yale Lab Negligence Burns Baboons, Allows Primate Escapes, & Kills Hamsters; Federal Citations Issued

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S. A. E. N.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517

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Yale Lab Negligence Burns Baboons, Allows Primate Escapes, & Kills Hamsters; Federal Citations Issued  

NEW HAVEN, CT – Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act within the labs of Yale University, according to the national research watchdog group SAEN.

During May of 2010 Yale received 11 federal citations from the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. The violations involved issues of inadequate supervision of animal experimentation by the Yale Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, Veterinary Care, Exercise, Facilities, Environmental Enhancement and inadequate housing for animals.

The May 3, 2010 inspection report cites Yale for two incidents in which baboons were burned, no less than 5 separate incidents of primate escapes, and repeated incidents in which hamsters died without receiving adequate veterinary care because Yale staff failed to notify veterinarians of the deaths.

Yale was also cited seven times during 2009 by the USDA for other Animal Welfare Act violations.

“Negligence at Yale killed over 5 animals and injured and endangered others,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This facility should face serious consequences for the deaths of these animals, but the USDA is literally allowing them to get away with murder,” he said.

“It is clear that the Yale officials who are responsible for supervising animal research are not doing their jobs,” said Budkie. “What else is going on at Yale that we don’t know about?”

According to SAEN the Yale incidents are the latest part of a national pattern of negligent animal deaths in laboratories. Yale is the 31st lab to become enmeshed in the negligence scandal which has taken the lives of over 100 animals within the last 1 years.

The USDA inspection reports are available upon request from SAEN.


See Also:
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Report: Yale abused research animals - 2 Jun 2010
USDA Inspection Report - 3 May 2010

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