Lab Monkey Left in Cage, Boiled Alive

An inspection report from the United States Department of Agriculture has revealed that, back in July, New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb accidentally killed a crab-eating macaque monkey when it was left locked in its cage, which was run through the wash cycle.

The monkey’s death makes one wonder what other errors Bristol-Myers Squibb — which indeed uses primates to test its products — might make in its laboratories.

According to, the USDA’s inspection report found that the following occurred on July 1 at Bristol-Myers’ facility in Pennington, in central New Jersey:

The dirty cage was moved to the wash room for sanitizing and submerged in near-boiling water. When the cage was lifted from the wash, a Bristol-Myers employee discovered the dead monkey on the floor, the report said.

Jennifer Fron-Mauer, a spokeswoman for Bristol-Myers, describes the monkey’s death as “unfortunate” and says that the company “immediately began an internal investigation” and informed the USDA. “Our company takes great care that the strict policies and procedures regarding the safe handling of our animals — which are designed to prevent these types of incidents from occurring–take place at all of our facilities,” she emphasized.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) has filed a complaint against Bristol-Myers with the USDA and called for “additional citations and punitive action, including a fine.” As SAEN executive director Michael Budkie says:

“Horrible acts of negligence like this, which literally boiled a monkey alive, must be severely penalized.” notes that, the very next day, a similar accident occurred in Pennsylvania. Princeton-based Covance Research Products, which is one of the world’s largest drug development services companies, boiled a rabbit in a cage wash. Covance has previously been accused of violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Needless to say, if both companies did not use animals for testing, such horrific accidents would not happen.

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Photo of monkey in a Covance lab in Virginia by SlimVirgin via Wikimedia Commons


Sarah Ellissa Markey
Sarah Markey3 years ago


Loretta P.
Loretta P4 years ago

This is nothing short of gross negligence. Where is the employee's mind and eyes?? Whoever did this needs to be terminated immediately, and stricter precautions must be implimented immedately

Manuela B.
Manuela B5 years ago

F#@*%#g incompentant morons.

Breanna R.
Breanna R5 years ago

Joy L, i'm not sure if Jewish folks would appreciate you comparing the plight of a lab monkey to the holocaust.
Actually, blacks, gays, mentally ill people, and more all suffered during the holocaust. you offended more than a whole group of people with your disproportionate comparison, congratulations!

Joy Leftow
Joy Leftow5 years ago

I want to kill these people! They need to be euthanized.

Joy Leftow
Joy Leftow5 years ago

The animal is tattooed just like they did to jews in nazi germany. The world seems to be a place of suffering and these poor animals don't get to enjoy any time, and then a cruel painful death.

Fen Drayton
Fen Drayton5 years ago

I must be pretty dense, coz I have some questions I can't answer. HOW, can a cage be lifted and placed into the "wash room" without someone noticing an animal inside. Even if the monkey was asleep on the floor of the cage, you couldn't move the cage without noticing a "lump" on the cage floor. IF the monkey was asleep, it would WAKE UP the INSTANT the cage was touched. If it was unconscious it should have been in a completely DIFFERENT AREA. Caged monkeys are RARELY QUIET, so were ALL the employees working there TOTALLY DEAF? If you "move or lift" a cage with a monkey inside, the monkey gets agitated/excited and moves around (usually making sounds of some sort as well) so WHY did nobody SEE movement??
Last but NOT least, WHY were monkeys (and any OTHER animal being used for EXPERIMENTATION ANYWAY?????????? These "scientists, NEED to DROP DEAD!

Cynthia Nelson
Cynthia Nelson5 years ago

words fail me on this one....

Aimee A.
Aimee A5 years ago

Seriously? How much are these monsters being paid? These lazy SOBs can't even be bothered to check the contents of a cage before they wash it? Really? Take their jobs away & give those jobs to people with a brain!!!

antonia maestre
antonia maestre5 years ago

Who is in jail for this crime? I want to know!!!!