Harvard University Fined $24K for Animal Abuses

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined Harvard University $24,000 for animal mistreatment in its laboratories that led to the deaths of four research monkeys, according to Reuters.

The USDA cited the school for 11 animal welfare violations in 2011 and 2012. Four monkeys died at one of the school's Southborough, Mass., labs during this period. One was killed by an overdose of anesthetic, one accidentally strangled to death on a chain in is cage, and two died after being deprived of water.

The deaths of the monkeys were reported previously, and Harvard announced earlier this year that they plan to close the laboratory where the incidents occurred.

School officials are not protesting the fines levied against the university, calling them "appropriate." Harvard has implemented changes to its laboratories' staffing and procedures since the monkeys' deaths.

Some animal rights advocates remain unsatisfied by the response to Harvard's violations and the deaths of the lab monkeys. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement that the $24,000 fine is too small.

"For an institution that receives $185 million annually in taxpayer funds alone, half of which is used for experiments on animals, a $24,000 fine for years of abusing and neglecting monkeys won't motivate Harvard to do better," PETA said.


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Six thousand dollars per life? Not nearly enough. And to those spewing their diabolical rants with no compassion, may it come back in your face.

December 20 2013 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Before more panties get bunched up, Harvard's animal use protocols worked as they were designed. All unexpected lab animal deaths, be it monkey or frog, must be reported and the research can be suspended or terminated. Harvard was fined and you can bet their protocols have been toughened. Lab animal welfare is a huge world-wide concern. For every study done on a monkey, thousands more use fruit flies, fish and round worms. National and international protocols cover hundreds of pages, and animals facilities are very stringent in adherence.
As for PETA, if any of them get cancer, they need to not be hypocritical and eschew treatment. After all, animals were sacrificed for those treatments.

December 20 2013 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch Welch

Okay, so two of the deaths could have been considered accidents but allowing an animal to die of thirst is nothing short of torture!

December 20 2013 at 4:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What country are we living in China???

December 20 2013 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Taja, there are two issues here: 1. Not ALL animal testing is necessary. Many tests that we used to do on animals can now be done via computer. However, some horrible places find that torturing animals is cheaper and easier (ironic, that Harvard tuition is expensive and supposedly a rather difficult school to get into, yet they take the easy and cheap way out!) 2. In instances where animal testing IS necessary, the treatment of the animals should be near perfect, if not perfect. Failing to provide water? If we are going to test on animals, they should be treated MUCH better than what we have here....

December 20 2013 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Marshall

why are we still doing animal experiments???????????why? why? why?

December 20 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

looks like a crack deal in trenton going down

December 20 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ever happened with WISCONSIN University, DONT THEY EXPERIMENT ON animals, SCREWING MACHINARY INTO THEIR BRAINS? Their is no need for such horrific abuse to animals, that includes GAP and ZARA that employ Chinese workers to rip the angora fluff and skin off innocent rabbits, leaving them screaming in pain and in shock. Come on, do you think they gently comb the bunnies, for real?? H&M discontinued the product, I believe Tommy Hilfiger too. Not Gap or Zara. Its not necessary to do this, our society has no conscience. Id like to poke pins in to the eyes of all the people that practice animal abuse. That's just to start. BOYCOTT ANY STORE THAT ABUSES ANIMALS IN THE NAME OF FASHION.

December 20 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

I hate monkeys

December 20 2013 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jayme Talson

You have been looking too long in the mirror my friend.

December 20 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I’ll be out next week and returning, hopefully, on the 30th.


BTW: I worked for the USDA agency that enforced the Animal Welfare Act. I unsuccessfully tried to have myself reclassified as a primate because, under the Act, primates are required to have more square footage than the average cubicle and they must have meaningful social interactions. Either would have been a step up for me.

December 20 2013 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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