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Animal rights group files complaint against university in 2017 death of monkey

The monkey was the second animal to die in Hopkins’ custody in the span of 18 months; a macaque was found dead in January 2016 with its head stuck in a ball that had a hole chewed into it.

COLIN CAMPBELL: ‘An animal rights group has filed an official complaint with federal regulators against the Johns Hopkins University regarding the death of a young marmoset in the university’s care in December 2017. The marmoset was killed when a cage door was closed on its neck by accident, Hopkins reported to the National Institutes of Health in June… The monkey was the second animal to die in Hopkins’ custody in the span of 18 months; a macaque was found dead in January 2016 with its head stuck in a ball that had a hole chewed into it, the rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) said in its complaint. The group opposes all experimentation involving animals.

Michael A. Budkie, the group’s executive director, argued in the complaint that the incidents constituted violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and followed previous violations from 2014 to 2016 involving multiple animal deaths. Three monkeys and a rabbit died at Hopkins in 2014. “The Johns Hopkins University has clearly demonstrated a long and sordid history of serious Animal Welfare Act violations which have caused significant pain and distress to the animals in their care,” Budkie wrote in the complaint last week. Labs found to be in violation of the federal law can be fined $10,000 per infraction, a punishment Budkie suggested should be levied against Hopkins’. SOURCE…

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