ATLANTA, GA – Two primates have died because of negligence at Emory University – including one by a rubber band – according to federal and internal Emory documents made public by a national research watchdog group.
SAEN, which monitors the nation’s research facilities, said it obtained recent confidential Emory Correspondence with the National Institutes of Health, which reveal the two primate deaths.
SAEN said it’s filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking the maximum penalty under the law for violation of the Animal Welfare Act. SAEN has filed 19 successful complaints against laboratories in the last 19 months. These complaints have resulted in citations, official warnings, and ongoing prosecutions of multiple facilities.
In this most recent complaint, one monkey had to be euthanized because Emory staff failed to remove a rubber band which had been used as restraint during tattooing. the rubber band became embedded in the animal’s body, causing neurological issues and deterioration.
Another monkey died of wounds received from other monkeys when Emory staff placed the monkey into the wrong enclosure. Emory was previously cited for another monkey’s death caused by returning the animal to the wrong enclosure.
“Emory staff have the unique distinction of finding a way to kill a monkey with a rubber band,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.
“Emory staff is so ridiculously incompetent that they can’t even remember which cage the monkeys come from,” added Budkie. “If they can’t do basic things like returning a monkey to the correct cage, they why should we believe that they can do science?”