Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Fined for Animal Abuse

USDA levied a whopping 20 thousand dollar fine. They probably spend more than that in a year on napkins in their cafeteria.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. acknowledged Wednesday that animal handling practices in its laboratory were "unacceptable" in several incidents that brought a $20,060 fine from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year.

The incidents occurred in 2004 and included the death of a rhesus monkey that was mistakenly steam-washed and severe burns to the pads of another monkey that led to the amputation of several of the animal's digits.

Boehringer issued a statement Wednesday attributed to the company as a whole.

"In 2004, a USDA Inspection Report helped highlight areas where our animal handling practices were simply inadequate and the effects on animals were absolutely unacceptable," the statement reads. "We have done a great deal over the past several years to remedy the situation, including implementing a series of guidelines and safeguards, adding numerous improvements and upgrades to our facility, and increased staffing in an effort to prevent these incidents from occurring in the future."

"We feel confident that these measures will ensure that the issues raised in the 2004 report will not be repeated," the statement added.

What's interesting to me is that we've been medicating our hammie that chewed her leg off with Metacam. Guess who makes it...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone knows where is their animal house..?

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