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USDA Slams Bristol-Myers Squibb With Fine Over Monkey Deaths

Written by PETA | May 20, 2013

Following a complaint from PETA alleging the painful and horrific deaths of two monkeys at the hands of pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not only confirmed the allegations and cited the company for egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act but also took the additional rare step of fining the facility $2,625 for the violations

Playing Fast and Loose With Animals’ Lives

PETA submitted the complaint to the USDA after a whistleblower reported that a monkey and a rat had been scalded to death at a Bristol-Myers Squibb laboratory in New Jersey when their cages were run through the high-pressure cage washer with the animals still inside. The trapped animals endured intense agony and terror as the blistering-hot water burned their flesh.

The whistleblower also reported that another monkey strangled to death after she was attached to the front of her cage—apparently by some sort of tether—then left unattended. PETA’s complaint asked the agency to investigate these deaths and to hit the corporation where it hurts—in its bank account.

How You Can Help

We hope the fine has gotten Bristol-Myers Squibb’s attention, and PETA—which holds stock in the company so that it can raise these issues with the board and stockholders—will continue to push for an end to relying on cruel and unreliable animal tests by switching to superior, modern non-animal methods. Please ask Bristol-Myers Squibb to make sure that these recommendations are implemented.

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  • Danna Dearborn says:

    Animal testing is most definitely archaic and not necessary, and never was, but especially now with our extensive use of computers that can do the testing.

  • Sophia says:

    It is incomprehensible to me that many humans, who are so sensitive to their own pains and suffering, still lack the empathy to feel the pain of other living creatures, large or small alike.

  • Michelle says:

    That’s just a slap on the wrist. They should have been fined millions! Poor babies:(

  • Nancy says:

    Good news but I agree with Renee. The fine should have been millions as that would have made them react.

  • Reila says:

    “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is, whether its victim is human or animal, we cannot expect things to be much better in this world.”

  • Renee Boteilho says:

    The fine should have been millions being donated to animal charities worldwide!!!!

  • donna curcio says:

    finally some GOOD news! and involving the USDA!! Thank you!!! I do wish the fine was higher tho!!

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