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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Uncovered Reports Show Three Research Labs Fined for Violations

Here's the Honor Roll from Fox News. These entities were all cited for violations by the USDA. Thanks to Stop Animal Exploitation Now! for finding them.

1) BioReliance Corp., Rockville, MD: A lab assistant reported a hamster running loose inside a walk-in refrigerator and a live hamster was found in a euthanasia bag inside the walk-in freezer. Another report said a lab assistant reported finding a dead hamster in a cage in June 2008 after the cage was removed from a sterilizer. "It is assumed the animal was alive prior to being placed" into the sterilizer, the report said...

2) Charles River Laboratories, Sparks and Reno, NV: Two primates undergoing surgical procedures were handled improperly. One subsequently had to be euthanized. A dog also had to be euthanized after a gauze square was left in its abdominal cavity during a previous surgery and caused an obstruction.

The USDA also entered an out-of-court $10,000 financial settlement with Charles River for a May, 2008 when too-hot temperatures led to the deaths of 32 primates.

3) Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.: A 2006 USDA inspection report faulted the school for withholding anesthesia from piglets and lambs during procedures without adequate scientific justification for doing so. The report does not identify the procedures. School spokesman Tom Keppeler said it was castration.

1 comment:

Bea Elliott said...

What a ridiculous comedy of error! Like dumb and dumber - What bafoons! How can you "accidentally" leave a hamster in a cage when you're sterilizing it??? And the dog with the gauze left in it's body. Who are these people anyway? These are "scientists"??? It's just sickening!