FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Contact: Jodie Wiederkehr, Center For Ethical Science (CFES), 773-726-0589,CenterForEthicalScience@Hotmai
DEAD PRIMATE, GUINEA PIGSAMONG LONG LIST OF ANIMAL WELFARE ACT VIOLATIONSLovelace Respiratory Research Institute continues its deadly incompetence
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute continues to disregard federal rules resulting in animal suffering and multiple deaths, charged a research watchdog group today.
The US Department of Agriculture cited numerous violations at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, according to a July 19, 2016 inspection report.
A primate exhibited numerous signs of distress including rapid respiration, lethargy, decrease in appetite ("the animal would no longer eat its biscuits"), and reluctance to move until stimulated, yet never received care. The report states, "On 4/22/16 the animal was found expired on its enclosure floor. At no time after the notation of clinical observations was the clinical
The report also states, "On March 11, 2016, six guinea pigs expired during transportation. The animals were held in a rat microisolator enclosure for approximately 45-60 minutes before initiating transport to the exposure room. Immediately upon leaving the animal room, study personnel noted the animals had expired. An IACUC investigation revealed three contributing factors in this incident: the density of guinea pigs in the enclosure, duration they were held in the enclosure, microisolator filter top was wet (may contribute to decreased air exchange within the enclosure)."
All federal reports are available upon request.