Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monkey Restrained And Left Alone Dies In New Brunswick Lab

Five months after a monkey was scalded to death in an industrial washing machine at its lab in Pennington, Bristol-Myers Squibb has again been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a second crab-eating macaque died at a New Jersey facility.

This time, the monkey died at the New Brunswick lab after it was left restrained and unattended, according to an inspection report from the USDA.

Company spokeswoman Jennifer Fron-Mauer confirmed the death, which occurred Dec. 17, but could not provide specific details as to how the primate died or its gender.

"Employees failed to follow established company policies and procedures designed to protect animals in our care," Fron-Mauer said in an email yesterday. "When those policies and procedures are not followed, disciplinary action is taken."

She did not say what kind of punishment was meted out.

Full story here.

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