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Layoffs in the Animal Experimentation Industry: Beginning of an End to Cruelty?

Written by PETA | January 13, 2010
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Here’s a promising development in the midst of the recession: Charles River Laboratories—one of the world’s largest suppliers of animals for experimentation—has announced that it is closing up shop in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. We’re hoping these cutbacks mean that the cruel, callous industry giant will continue to suffer.

With its long history of abusing animals, Charles River Laboratories should really be called Hell’s Kitchen—its facilities have literally cooked live animals to death. News broke last week of a monkey at a Charles River lab in Reno who was “literally boiled alive” last year after he was left in a cage that was put through one of the facility’s high-temperature cage washers (think industrial-sized dishwasher)—despite the fact that lab workers claim that the cage was checked three times (?!). This followed an incident in 2008 when 32 monkeys under Charles River’s “care” were baked alive after a thermostat malfunction—even though the procedure in place to alert staff apparently had been followed. No one even discovered the deaths until the following morning. PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about that negligent oversight, and Charles River was eventually fined $10,000.

Charles River officials attributed all these horrific and easily preventable deaths to “human error.” We agree. But the human error responsible is the conscious decision that experimenters and their suppliers make every day to go to work and torment animals. Judging from its desperate downsizing, we foresee a future in which the folks of Charles River will need to find a different path of employment.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • griselda pediatricina says:


  • Adriana T. says:

    Monkeys are adorable litte creatures. They are the closest species to our race. If they only had a voice… These sadistic bastards should pay for their crimes and not just monetary! PETA I commend you again for doing an excellent job. Keep up the good work.

  • Randy says:

    End to cruelty? Probably the opposite. What’s to say that this isn’t the result of another animal provider being able to provide cheaper animals by treating them even worse than Charles River?

  • Erin says:

    Wow…I live less than 5 minutes away from Shrewsbury MA and I had no idea about this place. I can’t think of a better way to be made aware of it than an announcement of it closing.

  • Cheryl Mikkelson says:

    Fantastic news! I was wondering if the recession would impact the Vivisection world. That being saidLet us not loose sight that companies will find animals from other places….ie Companion AnimalHumane Societies….Under ground of course.

  • linda says:

    Sadists like pedophilia and such will never change. They must be caged and stop at all costs !

  • Shari says:

    Little monkeys have feelings! Their pain is my pain! $10000 isn’t enough for the lingering moments of shear torture and suffering that occurred to these monkeys. The agony this most have been one of the worsts ways an animal could be killed. But I’m sure “MAD SCIENCE” will come up with more ways to perform torturous experiments. Those sick scientist! PETA will free you! We will not stop until we do!!

  • Claudia says:

    I can only wish one thing on humans who make such “errors” that someone committed similar “errors” on their children. Cruel I know. But I’d still enjoy watching THAT!

  • Marea Gray says:

    Look at this dear little fellows face… probably snatched from his mummy alone and frightened.. Humans are pathetic creatures i am ashamed to call myself one sometimes.. Shove those heartless creeps inside a cage and run it through the ‘dish washer’ a few times… eye for an eye…

  • Mara says:

    This is absoutly terrible how can someone live with themselves knowing that they harm all of these innocent animals there’s no need for it at all. These animals have done nothing wrong none of them deserve this treatment.

  • Lisa says:

    The only way that these layoffs would make me happy is if the vivisectionists were the ones to lose the jobs.

  • Jade says:

    A few points to consider 1. The fines are standard right now for animal cruelty and true cruelty. It’s time for laws to change to impose stronger fines on these cases. 2. The economy is currently factoring in on many jobs and as one said here the layoffs here will only make other labs have to work harder and increasing the chances of cruelty to animal mostly by negligence. 3. When the economy stabilizes well hopefully there’s a chance that a group such as this will return when they can get enough money to start up again. Efforts need to be made by people and PETA in order to find ways to create more humane forms of testing and ones that give better results than the current forms. This is what needs to be done us complaining will do nothing more except just be a pin prick to the larger issue.

  • Edie says:

    “The mighty hand of god moving over our country”. LOL!!! Tell him to move his hand faster!!!

  • Karen Chetty says:

    Unfortunately layoffs probably mean that overworked employees will be more likely to “make mistakes” that result in animal cruelty or neglect.

  • animal lover says:

    This just made my day! I hope they close fast! The people who work there should be tortured and killed the way the monkeys or other animals were! R.I.P animal angels

  • Nici Wasserfall says:

    Lets hope Huntingdon Life Sciences’ gates close quickly as well. with no excuse for torturing and maiming innocent beings will most likely put it’s scientists in a permanent state of depression. Hehehe….!!!

  • jesse pena says:

    I just hope that there is a thing called KRAMA. How do these people sleep at night. I hope these people dont breed.

  • Justine Allan says:

    Whats going to happen to the animals that are currently at the facility once it closes??

  • Margaret watson says:

    That is so sick i dont unde$tand its pure EVIL

  • Melissa M. Kauffman says:

    Hopefully this is the beginning of the end! I think the “people” responsible for this should be boiled or baked alive. I believe in karma!

  • margo says:

    This is the mighty Hand of God moving over our country. Praise His Name!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Only charged $10000? that’s pocket change for a company like that…I wish we could line all these people up and take a turn punching the day lights out of them

  • valerie timms says:

    Just $10000 for 32.. is that how little the life of a living being is worth?? What if 32 human beings were boiled alive??? It would most undoubtedly be 32 counts of negligence and 32 counts of involuntary manslaughter!! With jail time!! That’s bull!! Human’s are nothing but a virus on the earth… Locust consuming everything in sight!!!

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    They need to shut down their laboratories all over the country.. it is horrible what they are doing!

  • Andre Inglis says:

    You have to wonder. If the regular person boiled monkeys alive they would ‘hopefully’ be charged with animal cruelty. If a company does it in the name of can it really be called ‘research’ it’s just a slap on the wrist. $10000 is nothing to them though I like the fact that they were exposed that’s worth far more and that’s why PETA Rocks!!! People who hurt animals can expect to have their name tarnished. This will not be forgotten.

  • emma says:

    ”CEO James foster said consolidation in the biotechnology industryan overall slowdown in research and budgetary constraints has led to a decrease in demand for the companys services” ha ha love it. It may only be one companys facility but slowly the animals are winning. Glad to say we wont miss you charles river.