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Imprisoned and Poisoned at SNBL: A Whistleblower Case

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.

According 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.

The whistleblower 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, and hair-pulling.

Like 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 properly trained.

SNBL’s 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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  • NEYRAUD Maryse says:

    J’ai honte pour la race humaine !!!

    Il n’est pas possible de faire nimporte quoi au nom de la science.

  • caitlin says:

    What can we do now??

  • Patricia R. Burke says:

    I have used only products certified to be cruelt-free for years and I am a ling-time members of PETA, ASPCA and NAVS. It sickens me to see that after all these years and the advances in computer-based programs for medical testing, there is still widespread torture of innocent creatures in medical labs and the associated industries that supply these poor animals, ostensibly for the good of humanityWrite letters and e-mails and boycott any vendor that engages in these practices.

  • Sharon says:

    Please STOP this useless,horrific, and unbelievable torture on these wonderful monkeys. This is beyond cruel and inhumane. You are making an innocent animal suffer horrendous pain and agony! Practice on HUMANS………

  • Sarah Barton-King says:

    This is the most inhuman and diabolical act of violence against another living being. It is about time that this was terminated perhaps these so called human beings with so called souls would like to have this don to themselves, heir children and grandchildren. Maybe it is time for the government to step in and stop this sick way of abuse to stop. Most of his is done in the name of ethics but they have no ethics. We bring on half if not all the diseases of the world onto ourselves. These monkeys do not suffer from them and these tests are totally unnecessary. It is pure ego and hardly soul-filled!

  • antonio mattioli says:

    誰が、サルで恥ずかしいですが、これらのヒト科の動物の苦痛を作成し、保護し、維持する
    who is the monkey, is shameful, these hominids make an animal suffering, protect and preserve

  • robin gregory-moran says:

    This really sadden me to read what is happen to these monkey’s wacthing the video made me sick to see how stressed they are and how they are treated i don’t wear make-up ,use hairspary or any thing tested on animal’s nor will i fly on an airline that ship’s them to their death. I don’t understand why some humans like to play GOD.

  • Bette Savitt says:

    Protect the animals – this is essential for any caring person

  • Katia Niquet says:

    Il faut faire quelque chose !
    J’ai honte.

  • Tina Favale says:

    I think that is such a cruel thing too do to these poor animals to be restrained and tortured and tested on like its nothing! Youhave to find another way to do testing instead of torturing these poor animals and they are so helpless!

  • jen says:

    Cosmetics is not a reason for exprienting LIVE monkeys, whocan feel pain as a human being. There is no need for testing on them, especially when not under coma!!! you’re making them suffer!! even death is better than live turturing!!!

  • von Rulach Duvernay says:

    Please stop this torture for animal laboratories; this does not lead anywhere and there are others more “normal” souces for test. We do not have the right to dispose of the life of a living animal making them suffering day after day in horrible conditions of detention.

  • sue kremer says:

    please help these poor innoncent animals from suffering PETA. I don’t know how people continue to get away with this. Thank God someone found out and blew the whistle. It is beyond disgusting.

  • Patricia Bacon says:

    I am horrified and saddened by what I have read is done to these poor monkeys in the name of science. Absolutely disgusting. I blame most of all the employees who do these horrible tests(?) on these animals. How can these people go to sleep at night? These animals are in worse situations than prisoners in jail. STOP this horrible torture. What is wrong with you people?

  • ARIANA B. says:

    PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY. ANIMALS HAVE THE SAME FEELINGS HUMANS HAVE. PLEASE HAVE A HEART AND STOP THESE PRACTICES.

  • Evelyn says:

    I am unbelievably horrified and can only agree and reiterate postings from other humane and reasonable human beings.

    My family travels multiples times a year… We will NO LONGER use ElAL, we will now fly DELTA for all our trips. We hope everyone traveling will do the same!!!

    SCIENCE MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR MOST EVILS : BUT IT HAS NOT FOUND A REMEDY FOR THE WORST OF THEM ALL- THE APATHY OF HUMAN BEINGS! He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight” ~Albert Schweitzer “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” — — Martin Luther King Jr. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • charl89 says:

    well done to this whistle blower whoever you are i personally think that the punishment for any animal cruelty should be the treatment the animal recieved given back to them see how they like it.

  • Victoria Bejarano says:

    DONT TORture THESE ANIMALS

  • trevalasvegas says:

    Please stop this now! Monkeys have rights too!

  • Eleanor Labrozzi says:

    SCIENCE MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR MOST EVILS : BUT IT HAS NOT FOUND A REMEDY FOR THE WORST OF THEM ALL- THE APATHY OF HUMAN BEINGS! He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight”
    ~Albert Schweitzer

    “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
    — — Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • May says:

    My family travels back and forth from Israel to NY 3 times a year… We will NO LONGER use ElAL, we will now fly DELTA for all our trips. We hope everyone traveling to ISRAEL will do the same!!!

  • Deepika Green says:

    I would like to know what is happening with the monkeys in Israel.
    MY heart bleed to read all the horrible cruel treatments that human beings are capable of. The people who work in those sick places i dont understand how they can watch and even continue to torment those beautiful sentients beings who are messengers of God, healers and our teachers to learn loving kindness, inconditional love. MY question is how can you heal others on the expenses of torturing another creatures? For godness sake leave those animals alone> They have the right to their freedom, to be in their natural environment, to live with their family,and live in peace. So calley crazy people are locked up in hospital… What about those so called scientifist looking for a cure by torturing innocent beings, work on them like cold blood and not feeling their pain? Are those so called scientists sane? I would like for someone to experiment those test on them and and see how it feels may be they will understand what they are doing in the name of science.This is so brutal, violent and i suspect that those so called scientists carry a lot of violence in themselves…

  • Irena Franchi says:

    Stop war on animals.

  • carol kyer says:

    If you are unwilling to put yourself in the exact torturous experiments you so savagely and cruelly put these poor creatures through, then it is way past the time and day to put an end to this cruel madness! NO animals was created for this barbaric torturer by man. Laboratory technicians and scientists make me sick!

  • Sylvia De Baca says:

    Please do not play a part in the cruelty of these animals by shipping them to those that will torture them in the name of experiment. Animals should leave a free and cruel free life. Animals are not guinea pigs for any research.

  • Alexandra E. Symeon says:

    This is horrible behavior on the part of the Israeli government to torture these animals in the name of money. The pharmaceutical companies here in the U.S. need to be sanctioned as well and pay millions if not billion of dollars in fines for violating the Federal Animal Rights Act.

  • Lynn says:

    That plant sounds like the one I worked in about twenty years ago or so. I quit after a week of work when I discovered what they were into. I think I was there on an internship for a college class or something. But seeing some guy get joy out of killing rabbits seriously turned me off. The place was located near Everett some place. This latest revelation is completely disgusting. Those monkeys should be with their family group in the wild, not being part of some human’s experiments. Ever see “Planet of the Apes”. I don’t think that most people caught it, but Rod Serling (who write the script) made some really strong statements about the use and abuse of animals in this film, by turning the tables where WE were the subjects of the experiment. Think about that.

  • SHELLEY says:

    ABSOLUTLY DISGRACEFUL ! SHAME ON THESE PEOPLE ! WE ARE SO BEYOND THIS CRUELTY ! END THIS HORRIBLE ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND TORTURE TO THESE POOR POOR ANIMALS . NOW !!

  • Jill says:

    I don’t understand. The monkeys on the Air China flight (from which one monkey tried to escape)were going TO China, NOT coming into the US. Is it possible drug companies are out-sourcing their research to China?

  • sarahbeth says:

    back during the holocaust in world war 2 ,humans and even children were experimented on most ending in paralysation and death.The world now views that as a sick cruel act.
    But yet these poor animals are going through the exact same thing.
    we humans ARE animals.
    Is there any justice in the world ?
    But

  • Kara says:

    This is completely unacceptable. If anyone had a neighbour that treated their dog like that, animal welfare and the police would be all over the neighbour and court actions taken. But very few people know what is really happening behind the scenes in laboratories to give them shiny hair and perfect mascara, or that painkiller that cures their throbbing headache from the big steak they ate the previous night.
    The saddest part of all is that this torment will always continue as long as humans are in charge.
    People are complacent, they’d rather turn a blind eye and support a more socially accepted cause e.g. cancer funding…

  • music lover says:

    it is sad that these animals are being so tortured and abused, but its even sadder that people who know about this don’t care about the animals they just want to know if the company got sued or something like that. i remember the saying that says ‘treat others the way you want to be treated” what happened to that? i mean would you want to have your blood drawn so many times over the course of the day that your vein becomes deformed? would you want people stuffing tubes up your nose and down your stomach to pump chemicals into your stomach, chemicals that will kill you, day after day?

  • Vipandra says:

    Life is suffering and suffering will never end but this type of cruelty is so painful to read/see and know about.

    Until humans see other living things, whether that be animals, plants or unseen entities, as the same as themselves then this behaviour will continue.

    Try an live your life with compassion to all things living. Think about what you are doing and saying and whether it hurts another living thing.

    That could be as simple as not absent mindedly picking some grass as one takes a walk to fightening for other’s rights be them animal or human.

    Thank you for reading.

  • Muriel Servaege says:

    This is unbearable. Those monkeys are simply the victims of people who don’t care.

  • Danynounours says:

    Les humains sont les pires créatures vivantes qui existent sur terre. Cessons ces pratiques barbares et inutiles envers des animaux sans défense.

  • Melanie R says:

    Seriously, what kind of a world do we live in?
    These stories break my heart and depress me.
    I simply can’t understand how people can be so heartless and inflict pain and suffering on a living creature.
    Maybe these people were abused as children or denied love and now as adults they do this nightmarish “work” for a living.
    I really hope this will be outlawed one day, along with all other forms of animal cruelty.
    May God bless all those who fight for liberation and justice for animals.

  • rattfinkbaby says:

    that’s why cruel free products are so crucial!!! I can’t even describe the pain I feel for the poor animals scared mindless til death.

  • Christiane Moser says:

    Comment peux-t-on vivre tranquille quand dans ce monde assoiffé d’argent ne se préoccupe pas des animaux pourvu que cela rapporte. Honte à vous laboratoires, chercheurs, biologistes, pensez à vous à vos enfants quand vous empoisonnez ces êtres vivants. Dieu est partout mais vous vous êtes rien moins que rien.

  • Maria Jose says:

    Es horrible el trato que dan a los primates, como si fuera objetos y no sintieran

  • Michael LeBoeuf says:

    Abuse of life needs to cease in all forms. If copanies and individual humans want to impress me, show me the care and consideration you show for all resources, not just the ones on two legs that have federal backing and mandates attached. Why does it take a court order to make people do the right thing.

  • JAMIE says:

    These people need to be stopped and jailed. This is not right where is justice for these animals. I am not paying taxes for animals to be tortured. These people are psychotic and need to be stopped. There is no excuse why these poor animals need to be tortured. We need to change our system, we should stop animal experimentaion period. That is waste of money and a waste of time and a waste of animals. We should spend our tax money in more important things. This is 100% WRONG AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY.

  • kathy jordan says:

    THIS IS HEART BREAKING BUT IT IS OUR DUTY TO TRY AND STOP THIS TORTURING OF THE INNOCENT.IF YOU IGNORE IT YOU ARE SUPPORTING IT.

  • dc says:

    our tax dollars pay for this atrocity, people work and pay taxes for this inhumane torture, we should stop this. the regulatory system is wrong to allow this. barbaric
    oprah, dr mercola etc should post these on their sites and oprah should do a story on this.
    many useless tortures are done just to keep their government funding. we are paying for this.

  • saany7 says:

    .. no words, this is inhumane, let’s test on people see how that goes. THEN humans will care!

  • kelly says:

    This cruelity of shipping animals to laboratories has got to stop- I am so discusted with our science laboratories that practice on defensless animals- somebody please stop this.

  • Marc Bontinck says:

    This is unacceptable. Animals have the same right as humans have. Enjoy their life, we don’t have the right to do this!

  • ROSE CROMBY says:

    THESE POOR CREATURES HAVE ONLY US TO HELP THEM,.FOR PITY’S SAKE STOP THIS CRUELTY. THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE SUCH A CRUEL DEATH.

  • Daniel Horrach Sanchez says:

    SNBL!!!!!!!! You should know that investigating in laboratories is made for improving animal’s and human’s lives, but not for making cruel experiments with animals, whose purpose, most of the times, is to make money at animal’s suffering expense. So, unless you stop torturing and killing those precious animals, I won’t trust in you never again, is that clear????

  • mariapaola dominici says:

    why is man so cruel to animals ?? I can t cope with all these cruelties any more …

  • barbara warburton says:

    for pity’s sake
    STOP THIS MINDLESS CRUELTY

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