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Scalded to Death at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | March 19, 2012
A primate at a Covance primate testing lab.

Update: After receiving PETA’s request for an investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Bristol-Myers Squibb was to blame for the hanging death of the monkey and cited the company for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

 As if being locked inside a laboratory and treated like a living test tube weren’t torture enough, a whistleblower informed PETA that a monkey and a rat were recently scalded to death at pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb’s laboratory in Pennington, New Jersey. Their cages were run through the high-pressure cage washer with the animals still inside, causing the trapped animals intense agony and terror as the blistering-hot water burned their flesh.

Also according to the whistleblower, another monkey strangled to death after she was attached to the front of her cage, apparently by some sort of leash, and then left unattended. All three of these tragic deaths, which reportedly occurred over a six-month period, could have been easily prevented. So what’s going on at Bristol-Myers?

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report substantiates the whistleblower’s report of a monkey dying in the cage washer, and based on this, PETA suspects that the other allegations are also true. But it’s Bristol-Myers Squibb’s turn to be in hot water now: PETA has submitted complaints to the USDA and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, asking both to investigate and hit the multibillion-dollar company where it hurts—in its bank account—if these allegations are true.

But what the pharma giant really must do is stop subjecting tens of thousands of dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, and monkeys to imprisonment, pain, and death. PETA, which holds stock in Bristol-Myers Squibb specifically for the purpose of addressing the company’s board and stockholders, has submitted a shareholder resolution urging it to reduce the company’s reliance on animal tests by switching to modern, non-animal methods and to provide greater transparency of its animal testing practices. Please, click here to ask Bristol-Myers Squibb’s CEO to take personal responsibility for making sure that these recommendations are implemented.

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  • Basis says:

    If they are going to use these animals for testing -besides the physical abuse they withstand I feel bad about them emotionally and mentally. Can people volunteer to treat the animals kindly. Are they Ever loved ?

  • Yours Truely says:

    These men who scalded the monkey to death, were let go WITH a severance pay from Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Alison Bentlin says:

    Use your extreme wealth to look into the other ways of testing. You do not need to use animals. This is not the reason animals are put on this Earth. Who do you think you are taking innocent defenceless animals and subjected them to this barbaric treatment. Stop taking the easy and cruel way out and get real!!!

  • Eva says:

    Inhumanity deserves punishment ….. the individual workers should be sacked and punished appropriately. It is well known that animals abuse leads to crimes against humans…..it should be documented and not allowed to go unpunished.

  • Stacy says:

    boycott pharmaceuticals

  • Kaajal Ahuja says:

    please STOP THIS CRUEL TORTURE…we share the planet with all fellow animals…and at the end of the day its ONE LIFE running thro all of us

  • charlotte dye says:

    these people r demons from hell. thats the only way i no how to explain people that do this.

  • janice says:

    Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP using animals and abusing them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:((((

  • Xénia Edvinsson says:

    This is extreme animal cruelty!!!!!!!! This despicable treatment of these intelligent animals needs to be stopped NOW.

  • Lizette van der Voort says:

    Leave the animals alone!!! They don’t need stupid humans to use them for their own cruel tests!! Wish I could do the same tests on these mindless humans!

  • margo says:

    Don’t buy name brand products anymore. Stick to the off brands. Most name brand products are tested on animals.

  • Eric says:

    Please halt this unnecessary torture of animals. There are many alternatives. It is too late in the world for these kinds of actions. To all who sign this petition, remember, nothing changes a corporation’s practices like a boycott of their products: no buyers, no business

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