USDA Cites Northern Biomedical Research for Burned Monkey: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Spring Lake, Michigan – Please see the following statement by PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding the failure of Northern Biomedical Research, based in Spring Lake, Michigan, to comply with minimum animal welfare regulations:

Force-feeding potentially poisonous chemicals to vulnerable dogs, monkeys, rabbits, and other animals in painful and deadly tests is business as usual for the contract killers at Northern Biomedical Research, but incompetence adds to the animals’ suffering. According to a just-posted federal inspection report obtained by PETA, a monkey was burned while undergoing an MRI procedure—but three days went by before experimenters even noticed the injury. The burns were so extensive that the monkey was killed several days later.

Northern Biomedical used 661 monkeys, 233 dogs, and 14 rabbits in experiments last year. These animals feel pain and value their lives just as much as any of the company’s executives—and Northern Biomedical must modernize its testing program by leaving archaic and cruel animal tests behind and using only sophisticated, human-relevant testing methods.

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