USDA cites UW for three infant and juvenile monkey deaths; Watchdog Group Calls for Additional Citations and Federal Fine

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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USDA cites UW for three infant & juvenile monkey deaths;
Watchdog Group Calls for Additional Citations & Federal Fine

SEATTLE, WA  –  A recently obtained USDA inspection of the University of Washington has cited the UW for the deaths of three young monkeys (aged 1 - 9 months) due to attacks by other primates.  SAEN, a National Research Watchdog Group, has called for additional citations and a steep federal fine.

A USDA inspection dated 8/1/14 cites the UW for inadequate veterinary care relevant the deaths of a one month old monkey, a six month old monkey, and a nine month old monkey.  The juvenile primates were all attacked by older male monkeys and died of their injuries.

SAEN has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA relevant to the juvenile primate deaths, seeking additional citations for Unqualified Personnel and Environmental Enhancement sections of the Animal Welfare Act.  The complaint also calls for the maximum possible fine for the deaths of the young monkeys -- which can reach $10,000 per infraction/per animal.

The USDA issued an Official Warning against the UW for other Animal Welfare Act Violations in February of 2014.  The UW also paid a federal fine for Animal Welfare Act Violations in 2011.

"The UW is clearly a career criminal as far as animals are concerned," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  "The USDA should throw the book at this negligent lab."

The USDA report and SAEN's Official Complaint are both available upon request from SAEN.


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