URGENT: Ask NM Lab to Spare Monkeys’ and Beagles’ Lives


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
Phone: 505-348-9400
Fax: 505-348-8567
Email: info@lrri.org

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
(505) 348-9365

Richard C. McGivney, MS, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
(505) 348-9430

Cheryl N. DeVaul, BEd, MBA
Chief Human Resources Officer
(505) 348-9191

Rachel M. Blea, MBA
Director of Information Services
(505) 348-9597

Ross D. LeClaire, DVM, PhD, MSS, DABT, Fellow ATS
Director of Federal Programs
(505) 348-1795/9113

Jacob D. McDonald, PhD
Director, Chemistry and Inhalation Exposure Program
Director, Environmental Respiratory Health Program
(505) 348-9455

Robert L. Sherwood, PhD
Director of Applied Life Sciences and Toxicology
(505) 348-9459

Stephen A. Stemkowski, PhD
Director of Center for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research
(704) 775-3515

William E. Bechtold, PhD
Director of Technology Transfer
(505) 348-9456

Matthew D. Reed, PhD, DABT
Director of Preclinical Drug Development
(505) 348-4980

Cheryl D. DiCarlo, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Director Comparative Medicine/Attending Vet
(505) 348-1935

Chris Merriam-Leith, MS, PMP
Director of Business Affairs
(505) 348-9650

Penny H. Holeman, MS, MPH
Director of Biosafety, Training & Biosecurity Solutions
(505) 348-9415

Bret Hendzel, BA, MBA
Senior Director of Operations
(505) 348-9450

James Taylor
Federal Capture Manager
(505) 348-9518

Donii D. Fox, MSPH, CIH, CBSP
South Biological Safety Officer
(505) 348-1953

David D. Griego, BSME
Director of Facilities
(505) 348-9406

Ricky L. Morrow
Consultant Director of Office of Research Contracts
(505) 348-9405

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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William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. C2 months ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angie rabon
Angela rabon5 years ago

I am sending emails to all agencies involved. This is horrible!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

I have just had confirmed that all of the animals, each and every one, was destroyed, despite efforts by multiple animal rights organizations to secure their release. RIP poor souls. Lovelace needs to be shut down now!! Lovelave Respiratory Research Institute needs to be shuttered now!!

Mary H.
marybeth H6 years ago

emailed too.. God bless those animals. I pray they are saved

desanka sandulovic
desanka s6 years ago


I found out that 300 monkeys and unknown number of beagles are in danger, headed for slaughter and that killing of the monkeys have already started.
This is black chapter in the world history. In the noble human world these animals will have a chance to live. I’m asking you to save the innocent ones... I’m also asking to use the modern science techniques instead to abuse animals.
Just look these animals in the eyes… they have the power to speak a great language! What would you do in place of some of this imprisoned innocent soul, unable to escape from death?
Please open your communication with SAEN and WAR and help them save the lives of these research animals.
You are scientists, you are noble human beings, so I beg you to spare the lives of all these innocent living souls.

Carlene V.
Carlene V6 years ago

How does these monsters sleep at night after inflicting such pain and terror?

Emily Drew
Emily Drew6 years ago

So sad and angering that people can do such things. emails sent.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers6 years ago

Sent emails to everyone. Hope it helps.