“LRRI appears to have suffocated one monkey and starved another. These are only the latest of the negligent serial deaths. The staff of this facility are overworked and unqualified. It is a wonder that even more deaths haven’t occurred.”
– Michael A. Budkie, Stop Animal Exploitation Now
Whether you support or decry animal testing, the latest allegations of deadly animal mistreatment at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute are beyond disturbing.
That’s because these appear to amount to simply ignoring not only federal protocols but also basic empathy for another living being. And because this is not the first time the institute has been accused of cruel, preventable deaths – prior allegations have been upheld and resulted in fines.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Stop Animal Exploitation Now have filed complaints with federal agencies against the institute (which is not affiliated with Lovelace Health System). PETA wants the National Institutes of Health to withdraw its approval that allows the institute to get federal contracts and grants. Ohio-based Stop wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and prosecute the lab.