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Wake Forest Negligence kills 2 Monkeys; Watchdog Group files Complaint & Calls for Fine
WINSTON SALEM, NC – Sensitive federal records that reveal two preventable monkey deaths at Wake Forest University are being made public by a national research watchdog organization on February 26.
The Wake Forest University lab should be heavily fined - $20,000, said SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW), a national research watchdog organization, which uncovered the death & negligence. SAEN has filed a federal complaint with the USDA, which oversees research laboratories.
SAEN said the records reveal that a monkey strangled to death after becoming entangled in an enrichment device. A second monkey, who was diabetic, apparently died after becoming hypoglycemic when lab staff failed to provide an afternoon meal.
“Wake Forest University has demonstrated a clear pattern of incompetence that has killed two monkeys," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. "This bungling lab deserves the maximum penalty allowable under the law."
Wake Forest University recently paid a $35,464 fine for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
The NIH reports and SAEN's Official Complaint are available upon request from SAEN.