The Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories in Everett, Washington, is the third largest importer of primates into the U.S., annually importing 3,000 monkeys.
The controversial lab has repeatedly come under fire for cruelty and neglect, including failure to provide safe and adequate housing, veterinary care and proper pain relief. In 2005, 19 monkeys died from extreme weight loss. In 2008, a monkey was accidentally boiled alive.
Whistleblowers have reported that employees used excessive force in their handling of monkeys, to the extent that monkeys suffered from bloodied noses, broken fingers and toes, and bruises to their bodies. Careless workers frequently injured monkeys by slamming the cage doors onto their tails. Some tails would become bent or deformed, and would be left that way, while other tails were broken so badly that they had to be amputated.
In one set of experiments, monkeys were attached to their cages with a metal tether which was surgically attached to their bodies, through which ice cold saline solution and test compounds were continuously infused into the monkeys’ veins. They were hooked up this way for months. This can be seen at :50 in on this videoreleased by PETA>
Use of animals for testing of new drugs and other medical applications is legal in the U.S. but is subject to the strict health and safety provisions of the federal Animal Welfare act, enforced by the Department of Agriculture, which is perennially underfunded to perform its job of protecting research animals.