Policy Changes Demanded In Research Monkey Care
March 18, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – After several horrifying accidental deaths of research monkeys in medical and science institutions, new policy changes are being demanded, which would create harsher punishments for animal cruelty.
In the last two years alone, two labs run by the same Nevada-based company – Charles River Laboratories – have seen two extreme cases of research monkey cruelty.
In the first case, a heater was left on high in a room with the animals, leaving 30 to literally cook to death, and two others to have to be euthanized.
The second case involved a monkey still in its’ cage to be run through a mechanical washer, which scalded him with boiling water, killing him painfully.
These two instances together led to only $14,000 worth of fines, and one employee was fired, and one disciplined.
There have also been reports of monkeys losing the tips of their tails, or fingers were caught in the wiring cages and not released before being moved.
With so few incentives to change, labs that have no interest in the care of their research animals are getting away with murder, and are unlikely to stop.
“The penalties have given them virtually no motivation whatsoever to cease violating the law,” executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, Michael Budkie, said.
“If they are literally killing animals through negligence, something is wrong with the system.”