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USDA Fines Labcorp in Bedford for Violations Leading to Animal Deaths: PETA Assertion

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September 20, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Bedford, N.H. – Please see the next assertion from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna relating to a wonderful levied by the U.S. Division of Agriculture in an August 2022 Quotation and Notification Penalty in opposition to the Labcorp location in Bedford, New Hampshire (previously often known as Toxikon Company), for 3 essential violations of federal animal welfare laws—essentially the most extreme class—documented in inspection experiences dated October 15, 2018, April 8, 2019, and Could 26, 2021:

The corporate has modified its emblem from Toxikon to Labcorp, however inside, it’s the identical hell for canines, rabbits, guinea pigs, and different animals imprisoned within the contract group’s laboratories. In line with a just-posted federal report, the U.S. Division of Agriculture fined Labcorp $3,375 for violations of minimal animal welfare requirements—together with insufficient veterinary care, personnel incompetence, and careless dealing with of animals. In a single incident, experimenters didn’t notify veterinarians {that a} rabbit was in critical decline and had skilled a 27% lack of body weight. The animal was discovered trapped in an e-collar, which resulted in “a laceration and swelling of the muzzle … that triggered narrowing of the animal’s airway and respiratory misery.” In one other incident, a rabbit sustained a spinal fracture due to improper dealing with and needed to be euthanized. In a 3rd incident, an animal died whereas being anesthetized, as a result of an experimenter didn’t open a valve.

Labcorp posted $16 billion in income final 12 months, so a wonderful of $3,375 is unlikely to discourage mistreatment of animals. Extra doubtless, it is going to be seen as the price of doing enterprise. Nonetheless, Labcorp ought to modernize its testing program by leaving archaic and merciless animal assessments behind and utilizing solely refined, human-relevant strategies.

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