Citations Issued at Harvard Medical Center After Animal’s Death


The New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), a Harvard Medical School facility in Southborough, MA, has just received five citations from the USDA, following an inspection in July prompted by reports of unauthorized experiments.

One of the citations was issued for the death of a primate who had to be euthanized after being given an overdose of anesthesia, which led to renal failure.

NEPRC was cited for poor training and instruction in the proper use of anesthetics and tranquilizers along with four other violations of the Animal Welfare Act including “inadequate supervision, inadequate housing of animals, unsanitary conditions in operating rooms, and performing procedures on research animals that were not described in the center’s approved uses,” which is illegal, reports the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

These citations have been issued on the heels of last year’s violations, where an allegedly dead monkey was sent through a cage washer. Following that incident, staff was retrained and supervision was increased. The USDA considers that matter corrected.

“This is the second time in just over a year that the death of a primate at the New England Primate Center has involved negligence,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN).

“How many animals have to be killed by carelessness before the USDA takes action against this criminal lab?”

The Southborough facility is one of eight National Primate Research Centers, housing 1,800 primates, and, like the other centers, receives most of its funding from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), which is a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Millions upon millions of dollars, paid for by taxpayers.

The list of violations at NEPRC goes way back. According to government documents obtained by SAEN, these labs routinely deprive primates of food and water, use severe confinement, restraint, electric shock and isolation causing such a level of stress that they self-mutilate. Hundreds of animals are used in painful experiments without anesthesia and killed leaving a trail of government documented incidents of negligence and discrepancies regarding the number of animals that are used, in addition to lying to federal regulators about the types of experiments they are conducting.


Sign the petition below supporting the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which will phase out testing on primates and retire federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. This act will save taxpayers millions annually and mark a milestone for animals by making this the first time a species has been exempted from testing in the U.S.

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Dianne D.
Dianne D6 years ago

This makes me cry. I hope all those involved with this tradegy have very short misable lives and have to return to this earth over and over again as an ape to live the pain and suffering that this ape had to endure. Enough with animal testing. This is animal cruelty. None of these people should ever be allowed around animals again.

Beth H.
beth Hall6 years ago

Enough already. Find an alternative method for testing.

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

if animal experimentation can save many human lives, then i guess. but the conditions must be good. no cramped cages. good food etc.
but if the experimentation is for things like makeup, then no way!

Carrie Anne Brown

signed already :) but thanks for sharing :)

Carrie Anne Brown

Signed already but thanks for sharing :)

Mara C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Man needs to be held accountable for crimes against sentient animals. Enough is enough. Wiletta S. has the right idea. Test on inmates slated for death. Offer them life, cigarettes and pay if they signan authorization permitting testing to be done.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jane L.
Jane L6 years ago

sorry, and authorized testing on animals is any better than unauthorized? ALL animal testing should be shut down. It doesn't make it any more or less cruel to subject animals to this sort of treatment. Suffering is suffering.

Christine S.
Christine S6 years ago

Careless and cruel.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Jim B, you are correct. That's why ALL these animal testing facilities should be shut down
now and forever! After all these decades they are proven to be useless, corrupt, and frought
with horrendous animal torture which is barbaric and just plain WRONG on every level.
We don't need more USDA funding, we need to get rid of this immoral horror of ANIMAL