Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Monday, February 11, 2008

Calls to Revoke Grant After Botched Autopsy

The kind of story that gives you nightmares.

The incident happened in April 2006 at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research {in Texas} when a worker did not check to see if the baboon was dead following a lethal injection, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In its report, the USDA noted that while the lab worker did administer the injection, "a significant program deficiency" led to the baboon's dissection while still alive.

Now, animal rights groups are calling for the National Institute of Health to revoke the foundation's research grant, which is worth several millions dollars, according to the activists.

Here's the foundation's website. Supposedly, they have the world's largest colony of baboons for research purposes.

Photo by wokka.

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