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December 27, 2022
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Alice, Texas – Please see the next assertion from PETA primate scientist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel concerning the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s (USDA) crucial quotation of Envigo for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act in an incident involving the dying of a monkey, who was left in a transport cage for 3 days, on the firm’s Texas facility. PETA has filed a grievance with the USDA, urging it to revoke Envigo’s animal vendor license.
Federal officers have tolerated Envigo’s despicable remedy of monkeys for much too lengthy, and the corporate ought to instantly lose its animal vendor license. It’s already out of the beagle-breeding enterprise due to employees negligence and incompetence, and now the feds have cited its Texas facility, which is owned by Inotiv, for the dying of a monkey who was left in a transport crate for three days. The monkey’s lifeless physique was found on November 21, simply days after the U.S. Division of Justice indicted eight Cambodians, together with two authorities officers, on expenses of monkey-smuggling and passing off monkeys captured of their forest residence as captive-bred. Envigo is believed to be one among two unindicted co-conspirators named within the indictment that have been receiving the alleged smuggled monkeys.
Simply final week, PETA revealed that in 2021 at the very least 4 monkeys imported from Cambodia have been launched from Inotiv’s Texas monkey quarantine facility regardless of being contaminated with and sure shedding Burkholderia pseudomallei—a lethal micro organism labeled as a bioterrorism agent. Melioidosis, the infectious illness brought on by the micro organism, may cause signs starting from acute septicemia (blood poisoning) to continual an infection, leading to dying for 10% to 50% of contaminated people. At the very least six monkeys imported into the U.S. in 2020 and 2021 have been contaminated with the micro organism, and a number of monkeys in Texas have died.
Final yr, the USDA cited Envigo for a crucial violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act after a monkey died when a “squeeze panel” in a cage was dislodged and crushed the animal. Envigo’s sordid file of animal abuse and human endangerment should come to an finish now.