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Harvard fined $24K for research animal care

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From page A7 | December 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has fined Harvard Medical School $24,000 for violations in its care of research monkeys.

The fine announced Wednesday concerns 11 alleged violations between February 2011 and July 2012. Three caged monkeys died from accidental dehydration and one became entangled in a chain while playing with a toy.

The Boston Globe reports that the USDA has fined about eight other animal research facilities in the past two years among 1,300 it regulates.

Harvard Medical School said it “cares deeply about upholding exemplary standards of care” and feels the penalty was appropriate.

Most of the violations occurred at its New England Primate Research Center in Southborough, which is closing by 2015. A smaller Boston facility will remain open. Harvard consulted an independent panel last year for recommendations on improvements at its animal research labs.

The Associated Press

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  • MeganDecember 20, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    Funny how the Enterprise will run an AP story about Harvard mistreating its animals, yet it always turns a blind eye to the many problems at the Primate Center on the UC Davis campus.

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  • Rich RifkinDecember 21, 2013 - 10:32 am

    "it always turns a blind eye" …….. Always? ……. In the last few months alone Then Enterprise has published stories about the primate center with these headlines: "Protesters highlight monkey deaths, escape;" "Group urges further scrutiny of lab animal treatment;" and "Rights group: More monkey deaths at UCD preventable." The recent past is not unusual, as far as I can tell, in The Enterprise's coverage: every time the opponents of primate research have held a protest or made a complaint of abuse, The Enterprise has reported their concerns. Perhaps a fair question is whether The Enterprise should turn a blind eye to activists promoting their cause? Thus far, The Enterprise brass has decided to cover your events. I am not sure all editors would make that same call.

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