Reminiscent of the 55 primates and 120 Beagles rescued last year from the bankrupt Ali-Clin Laboratories in New Jersey, comes the news of 300 monkeys and a yet unknown number of Beagles who are in danger of being exterminated. Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico is the facility in question.
A whistleblower contacted Michael Budkie of SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) in an attempt to save the animals headed for slaughter. This person, who wishes to remain anonymous, has firsthand knowledge of the primates and Beagles at LRRI.
Reportedly, LRRI lost a contract and now does not have a need for the 300 monkeys or the Beagles. According to Michael Budkie, “The whistleblower has told us that the monkey slaughter began on Monday, July 11th. 30 monkeys are being killed every day. When they have all been wiped out, the Beagles are next.”
SAEN and Win Animal Rights (WAR) — the group that secured release of the Ali-Clin lab animals last year — have partnered in an attempt to rescue these laboratory animals and give them a chance for freedom. They are calling for a concerted effort by the public to contact management at LRRI and respectfully ask that they stop killing the monkeys and release them and the Beagles to sanctuaries and rescue groups.
Camille Hankins of WAR told me, “This is like deja vu. We just celebrated the one year anniversary of the “Freegles” at a picnic in New York with adopters of some of the Ali-Clin beagles and for this scenario to happen now is unbelievable.” Hankins is working tirelessly to secure freedom for these monkeys and Beagles.
Michael Budkie told me in a phone conversation Thursday evening that LRRI has been fined nearly $22,000 by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) between 2007 and 2009. The USDA settlement agreement verifies this information.
Want To Help?
Please write and/or call LRRI and ask that they open communication with SAEN and WAR. Ask to save the lives of these research animals:
Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI)
2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5127
And please take the time to call and/or email the following list with your request to spare the lives of all these animals.
Robert W. Rubin, PhD
President and CEO
Richard C. McGivney, MS, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Cheryl N. DeVaul, BEd, MBA
Chief Human Resources Officer
Rachel M. Blea, MBA
Director of Information Services
Ross D. LeClaire, DVM, PhD, MSS, DABT, Fellow ATS
Director of Federal Programs
Jacob D. McDonald, PhD
Director, Chemistry and Inhalation Exposure Program
Director, Environmental Respiratory Health Program
Robert L. Sherwood, PhD
Director of Applied Life Sciences and Toxicology
Stephen A. Stemkowski, PhD
Director of Center for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research
William E. Bechtold, PhD
Director of Technology Transfer
Matthew D. Reed, PhD, DABT
Director of Preclinical Drug Development
Cheryl D. DiCarlo, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Director Comparative Medicine/Attending Vet
Chris Merriam-Leith, MS, PMP
Director of Business Affairs
Penny H. Holeman, MS, MPH
Director of Biosafety, Training & Biosecurity Solutions
Bret Hendzel, BA, MBA
Senior Director of Operations
Federal Capture Manager
Donii D. Fox, MSPH, CIH, CBSP
South Biological Safety Officer
David D. Griego, BSME
Director of Facilities
Ricky L. Morrow
Consultant Director of Office of Research Contracts
The more contact LRRI receives from the public, the more likely these animals are to be saved. So come on Care2 community, let LRRI know you will not tolerate these research animals being murdered.
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