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University Cited but Not Fined for Death of Lab Monkey

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Animals are being used in laboratory testing all over the world at this very moment, and hardly anyone knows how much they suffer because it all happens behind closed doors. Now, The University of Houston’s primate research labs have now been exposed for the horrors they contain.

Two citations were issued last month against the university by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a sad incident in March. Three rhesus monkeys were trapped in a section of their cage, restricting their access to water, and one young monkey died as a result. The innocent monkeys’ situation wasn’t discovered for over 15 hours according to the USDA report.

This isn’t the first incident of mistreatment the University of Houston has been cited for by the USDA. Since 2012, seven citations against the university have been issued for improper handling of research animals, and three of these incidences resulted in deaths. UH spokesman Richard Bonnin called these cases “unfortunate accidents,” and stated that they are reminders that research animals should be treated with respect and compassion.

How about treating research animals with respect and compassion by not using and abusing them in painful laboratory testings? So far, the university has not been hit with any fines for its blatant violations. We can only hope that no more animals will have to die to prove that all institutions need to change their testing practices.

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