An animal rights watchdog group says it wants a new U.S. Department of Agriculture
probe into monkey deaths at a nationally known research lab.
release, the group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, also calls for an Inspector
General's investigation of the conduct of the Animal & Plant Health
Inspection Service regarding the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
in San Antonio.
says previous USDA reports revealed primates have died at the Texas lab
from dehydration and hypothermia, while others have simply been "found
dead" -- possibly without veterinary care -- after suffering from serious
disease conditions that include temperatures up to 105 degrees.
show discrepancies in reporting to two different regulatory agencies, suggesting
fraud within the lab, SAEN claims.
the management of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and the
agencies responsible for enforcing federal laws are apparently asleep at
the wheel regarding this lab," Michael A. Budkie, SAEN executive director,