(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) In 2013, 35 criminal laboratories were either fined, cited, or warned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for negligence leading to the deaths of over 150 animals including dogs, primates, rabbits, pigs, sheep, bats, and other species used for experimentation.

Over $150,000 in federal fines—more than triple the fines over the past three years—were distributed in what’s being referred to as an “epidemic of laboratory negligence” among 19 universities and 16 private labs. In the press release below, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN) says fines increased a whopping 162 percent over the past three years, proving “the USDA is incapable of regulation.”

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Nearly 50 primates were killed due to laboratory negligence in 2013. Photo credit: Brian Gunn /IAAPEA

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)

Record-Setting Fines Slam U.S. Research Laboratories in 2013; Negligence ‘Epidemic’ at ‘Criminal Laboratories’ Reveals Wasted Tax Dollars, Animal Deaths

WASHINGTON, DC — A record $158,054 in federal fines—more than triple over the last three years—were leveled in 2013 against some of the elite research institutions in the U.S. during what is an “epidemic” of laboratory negligence that has wasted millions of tax dollars, and killed 163 animals in key research facilities, according to a report issued this week by a national animal research watchdog organization.

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Nineteen universities and 16 private labs are reportedly responsible for the deaths of 163 animals, including 30 rabbits.

Thirty-five “criminal laboratories,” according to Ohio-based SAEN, which monitors the nation’s research activity at private and public facilities, were fined, cited or warned by the USDA for incidents involving negligence which killed 163 animals. Nineteen universities and 16 private labs combined to kill 49 primates, four dogs, 30 rabbits, seven pigs, and 73 other animals including guinea pigs, sheep, bats, etc.

SAEN said in its report that fines have nearly tripled over the past three years, increasing a whopping 162 percent—from $54,178 in 2011 to $60,187 in 2012 to $158,054 in 2013. The largest fine of 2013 was paid by the University of Louisiana ($38,571), followed by Wake Forest ($35,464), and TRS Labs (GA $26,179).

Seven in 10 fines came as a result of SAEN’s complaints to federal authorities about violations of federal law, including violations at MPI Research, Harvard, TRS Labs, Colorado Serum Company, University of Louisiana, University of Nevada, and Care Research. Many of the lab citations for negligent deaths also followed the filing of official complaints by SAEN, such as SNBL, UC Davis, and others.

The highest death tolls were at Cincinnati’s Cimcool (24 guinea pigs), Wake Forest University (21 rabbits) (Photos of the Wake Forest Violations are available) and University of California at Davis (19 primates).

Rockland Inc. (PA) led the nation in federal violations with 29, which resulted in multiple deaths, and storage of a dead rat with pharmaceuticals, among other serious violations (USDA photos of the Rockland violations are available).

“Criminal laboratories are out of control,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “The continuing epidemic of fatal negligence in U.S. labs clearly demonstrates that the USDA is incapable of regulation.  163 deaths is a horrific total.”

All USDA reports are available upon request from SAEN.

More SAEN: http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/

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