A distraught whistleblower from Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), a notorious Everett,
Washington-based animal testing conglomerate, contacted PETA to reveal shocking
allegations of mistreatment of animals used in painful and lethal experiments. The
whistleblower weighed her concerns for her job and fear of retaliation against
the suffering and deaths of animals that she witnessed every day at SNBL and repeatedly
appealed to SNBL managers and supervisors to improve conditions for animals in
the company's laboratories. After those pleas were ignored, she felt compelled
to contact PETA.
SNBL torments tens of
thousands of primates, dogs, rabbits, and other animals every year to test products for other
companies. It force-feeds animals experimental chemicals to intentionally sicken
and kill them and infects them with debilitating diseases.
SNBL is the third-largest importer of primates in the U.S., purchasing
nearly 3,000 monkeys every year from
China, Cambodia, Israel, and Indonesia—some snatched from their homes and families
in the wild—for use in experiments.
to the whistleblower, in one experiment at SNBL, monkeys were hooked to their
cages with a metal tether through which ice-cold saline solution and test compounds were continuously dripped
into their veins. The monkeys were kept like this for many months and
reportedly were so cold that they shivered and their teeth chattered non-stop. Monkeys
had blood drawn from their arms many times a day, resulting in swelling,
redness, and bruising of their limbs. These wounds were considered "routine"
and were never treated. After the first few blood draws, the monkeys' veins
were damaged, and workers would poke and dig around in the limb to find others.
The monkeys winced, screamed, trembled, and shook, and tried to defend
themselves. The whistleblower said, "Eventually, many of the monkeys stop
fighting and reacting … it is like the life is gone from them."
While working at SNBL, the whistleblower observed workers
handling the monkeys so violently that the animals suffered bloodied noses,
broken fingers and toes, and bruises to their bodies. Their tails were bent or
deformed because workers slammed cage
doors on them. The employees also allegedly banged loudly on the monkeys'
cages to frighten and intimidate them into being quiet. Managers and
supervisors apparently knew of this ongoing physical and psychological abuse of
monkeys but refused to stop it.
also reported that monkeys were tied for many hours in restraint chairs with their
arms and legs kept entirely immobile as drugs were injected intravenously over
the course of a day. The whistleblower said, "The monkeys fight
continuously for hours to loosen the ropes ... it is just too much for them."
Some monkeys collapsed in the restraint chairs and never recovered.
A USDA report from 2011 documented that 78 percent of the
monkeys at SNBL are caged alone—in violation of federal law—unable to touch or interact
in any way with other monkeys. This is so distressing to monkeys that they develop
stress-induced abnormal behaviors such as self-mutilation, incessant rocking,
the whistleblower, federal inspectors have also found cruelty and neglect
inside SNBL's laboratories. U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection and
investigation reports reveal hundreds
of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The company was recently
assessed fines of $31,000 and $12,900 for denying veterinary care and adequate
pain relief to suffering animals and failing to ensure that experiments were
not duplicated. SNBL also made headlines in 2008 after a whistleblower revealed
that a monkey had been boiled
to death when her cage was put into a high-temperature cage-washing machine while she
was still in it. In 2010, the FDA cited SNBL for failing to ensure that
employees charged with providing care for the thousands of animals at SNBL were
customers—the companies for which it conducts tests on animals—include Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly,
AstraZeneca, Genentech, and Seattle Genetics. Several government
agencies—including the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services—have signed
contracts with SNBL worth more than $1 million. And, SNBL profits from the
importation and sales of monkeys for use in experimentation.
Please take a stand for the monkeys imprisoned at SNBL by calling on airlines to stop transporting primates destined for laboratories.
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