FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Contact: Jodie Wiederkehr, Center For Ethical Science (CFES), 773-726-0589, centerforethicalscience@
INCOMPETENCE CAUSES SUFFERING AND DEATH AT GLAXO SMITH KLINE
Violated Federal Law and Caused Death of Monkey, Charges Research Watchdog
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – Due to gross negligence at Glaxo Smith Kline, a non-human primate escaped her cage and was found dead the next morning, violating federal Animal Welfare Laws in the process, charged a research watchdog group today.
According to a June 14, 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report, "In June of 2016 most likely during the night of the 8th or early morning of the 9th, a non-human primate was able to unlock the mechanism that holds the squeeze back portion of the cage in place. With the mechanism unlocked, the primate was able to move the back panel forward thus creating a space between the side wall of the cage and the opening for the automatic watering device. At this time, the primate was able to get her head caught in this space and was found dead the following morning by husbandry staff."
"One can only imagine how long this animal suffered before she died. Glaxo Smith Kline should be held accountable for their incompetence which led to the tragic death of this monkey," Wiederkehr stated.
All federal reports are available upon request.