Feds File Complaint Against Notorious Washington Primate Dealer, Experimenter

PETA Calls for FDA to Investigate and NIH to Block Public Funds for Lab Responsible for Dozens of Animal-Welfare Violations and Deaths

For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2016

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Everett, Wash. – Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories USA (SNBL)—a primate dealer and contract-testing laboratory with operations in Everett, Washington, and Alice, Texas—has just been slapped with an administrative lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for dozens of documented violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act from 2011 to 2016 that have led to the death and horrific suffering of many animals.

PETA is calling on the National Institutes of Health to block funding for SNBL and is asking the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the operation for violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The complaint, which was sent to PETA, follows numerous PETA complaints, a 2011 whistleblower report that SNBL abuses and neglects monkeys, and three USDA stipulations in 2006, 2008, and 2009. The USDA’s complaint details numerous incidents, including the following, among others:

  • Twenty-five monkeys shipped from Cambodia to Houston sustained multiple organ failure caused by dehydration and hypoglycemia. They died or were euthanized after they were trucked to Washington without veterinary care, in spite of being weak, thin, and in poor health.
  • A 6-week-old monkey was trapped while trying to escape through a fence. Monkeys on the other side tried unsuccessfully to pull him through, and he died from trauma and hypothermia.
  • Six monkeys died when improperly trained and unqualified personnel conducted liver biopsies on the monkeys.
  • Multiple monkeys suffered from trauma, hyperthermia, and seizures and ultimately died after being pursued by net-wielding workers.
  • A primate became entangled in a cable and died by strangulation.
  • At least two monkeys died after sustaining severe injuries during fights with incompatible cagemates.
  • A monkey suffocated to death after SNBL staff failed to notice that the animal’s head was stuck in a cage.

“SNBL’s incompetence and indifference have killed too many monkeys for too many years,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling for this laboratory to be stripped of its funding and shut down.”

A copy of the complaint is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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