Last week the New England Primate Research Center in Southborough was cited by the USDA for an animal death that occurred in October. Now comes word the feds have decided to launch an investigation into the incident.
From the Metrowest Daily News:
USDA spokesman Dave Sacks said investigators will look at four criteria — the seriousness of the violation, the size of the facility, prior penalty history and whether the facility made a good faith effort to fix problems — to determine whether to issue a fine.
The maximum fine for a single violation is $10,000, Sacks said.
On Tuesday, the USDA released the latest inspection report for the center, revealing five citations for possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the monkey death.
You can read more in this article by the MWDN.
- Harvard cited for another primate death at Southborough facility (January 2012)
- Feds won’t launch formal investigation of Southborough primate center (November 2010)
- Animal rights group files complaint against Southborough primate center (October 2010)
- Animal death at Harvard Primate Center investigated (August 2010)