By Stop Animal Exploitation Now, For Digital First Media
Posted: 08/10/16, 9:40 PM EDT | Updated: 4 hrs ago
Negligence at a Glaxo Smith Kline laboratory – the second largest employer here – has led to a primate strangling to death in violation of federal laws, according to a national research watchdog group.
A recently obtained government inspection report reveals the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees research laboratories, cited Glaxo Smith Kline for violating federal laws, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!), which monitors the nation’s research facilities for violation of law and abuse of animals.
A USDA inspection report dated June 14 specifically cited Glaxo Smith Kline for violating the primary enclosure requirements of the Animal Welfare Act – a primate was able to open the squeeze lock mechanism and move the back panel of the cage forward, which resulted in the primate getting caught in the space created and choking to death.
In its official complaint SAEN filed with the USDA, SAEN is insisting on an additional citation and a federal fine which could be as high as $10,000 per infraction.
“Glaxo Smith Kline’s primate enclosure did not satisfy the safety requirements set by federal law, and a primate suffered and died as a result. Because an animal was subject to prolonged suffering and death, this lab deserves of a severe penalty,” said Stacey Ellison, SAEN research analyst.