Harvard Medical School is cited
for mistreatment of lab animals
In less than two years, four monkeys have died in labs at Harvard Medical School, including one that was left in a cage as the cage went through a mechanical washer. The most recent death occurred this spring, when a cotton-top tamarin monkey died of thirst for lack of a water bottle.
In addition, 41 deer mice died in April at a Harvard facility after their water source was cut off.
The Department of Agriculture has given the medical school an official warning for violating the U.S. Animal Welfare Act.
“When you see multiple incidents at the same facility over a period of time, that’s when you realize that this is indicative of a system-wide problem,” said Michael Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!
Harvard University made the nonprofit group’s top-10 list of animal-welfare violators for the first half of 2012, along with Harvard Medical School. The two institutions have separate licenses from the USDA to use animals for research and testing.