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Monkey Restrained, Dies in Drug Company Testing Lab

Monkey Restrained, Dies in Drug Company Testing Lab

Just five months after a lab monkey was boiled alive in a testing lab belonging to the New York-based pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb — the monkey had been left locked in its cage which was then submerged in scalding water for cleaning — the company has received another citation from the USDA for abuse of animals.

Back in December, a second crab-eating macaque died in the company’s New Brunswick facility, after being restrained and left unattended.†Bristol-Myers spokeswoman Jennifer Fron-Mauer confirmed the USDA’s report about the monkey’s death without confirming specific details of its death or its gender, says†to†NJ.com.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) filed a complaint against Bristol-Myers with the USDA after reports of the monkey killed in its cage surfaced in January. In response to the death of a second monkey in the pharmaceutical’s company’s facilities, SAEN executive director Michael Budkie said:

“One primate death, you could attribute to a fluke, but when you start to see multiple primate deaths within the same facility, this becomes what can only be described as a pattern of negligence. And if they canít do basic things like staying with the animal when it is restrained or making sure there isnít an animal in the cage before it is put in the cage washer, you have to question their ability to do anything scientific. … This calls in to question the validity of any kind of testing they are doing.”

The USDA has been contacted as it enforces the†1966†Animal Welfare Act.†Dave Sacks, a USDA spokesman, noted that the repeated deaths of monkeys in testing labs is indeed “certainly something that gets our attention.”

The citation of Bristol-Myers by the USDA could lead to a formal investigation as well as fines — and it ought also to raise questions among the general public about the safety and supervision that the company dedicates, or does not, to its testing procedures involving animals. If the company did not use animals in its testing labs, such abuses as the two macaques suffered could be avoided.

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Photo of a macaque with its eyes sewn shut by Animal Liberation Front via Wikimedia Commons

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5:34AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Karma does come around.

4:28PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

"The first sign of Intelligence is kindness". Voltaire

4:26PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

You're next, lab tester. What goes around comes around. Expect us. And be very afraid.

5:44AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Unbelievable that this is happening in the 21st century. Such cruelty is mind boggling.

Someone should be charged (CEO perhaps??)

5:44AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Unbelievable that this is happening in the 21st century. Such cruelty is mind boggling.

Someone should be charged (CEO perhaps??)

7:12PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

This sickens me to the core. What sort of a monster could standby and allow this practice not only to happen in the first place but to continue. Surely someone in these houses of torture has a backbone and the courage to say no more. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

11:02PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I am appalled that animal testing is still allowed. This sickens me. If you want to learn how a drug is going to affect a human you will have to test it on a human. If you want to see how radiation etc, will affect a human you will have to look at what happens to that human when exposed to radiation etc. This is why after all the animal testing and deaths drug companies still have to run clinical trials. Now after all of the waste of life and time the drug may be safe but we still have to run the human clinical trials and (they hope no one dies) see what may happen, then see if it passes.. on and on and on.. cited for lack of care of animals they use and abuse.. does this include the human animal....

9:12AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

We need to stop testing on all animals! There are many other options these days with the use of computer simuation.

6:51PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Andrea, by the way "those bastards at Bristol Myers" also make medications that are saving peoples lives every day - hopefully one day you or someone you love won't be in need of one of those live saving drugs!

6:46PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

So if you were told you were going to die unless you took a medication made by only one company - would your first question be how it was made?? Seriously?? What happened was terrible and needs to stop but please don't be hypocritical about it - I don't think your response would be "sorry, I'd rather die than take this life saving medication"

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