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October 6, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Rahway, N.J. – Please see the next assertion from PETA Senior Science Advisor Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel relating to current important violations of animal welfare laws at Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC documented in an inspection report filed by the U.S. Division of Agriculture:
It’s troublesome to believe in pharmaceutical big Merck’s drug growth when the corporate can’t even bear in mind to feed the monkeys it exploits in its laboratories. In keeping with a just-posted federal inspection report obtained by PETA, 52 monkeys held in cages in a single room at Merck weren’t fed for a full day. Confinement to laboratories ravages these clever, extremely social monkeys. Held in small, barren metal cages and infrequently caged alone, they don’t have any alternative to train management over their very own lives. In these circumstances of maximum impoverishment and deprivation, one ought to anticipate that monkeys may a minimum of depend on the common supply of dry biscuits. The whole lot has been taken from these animals—the psychological and physiological devastation is manifested in and on their our bodies.
The corporate was additionally cited for failing to make sure protected housing for monkeys. A “rhesus macaque sustained extreme accidents” from one other monkey in an adjoining cage after staff failed to note that the divider between the 2 cages wasn’t correctly secured.
Final 12 months, Merck posted greater than $48 billion in income whereas utilizing 1,911 guinea pigs, 1,426 rabbits, 878 monkeys (together with species now listed as endangered by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature), 502 hamsters, and 429 canines, and 1000’s of different animals in merciless and lethal experiments. However in some way, this bloated company can’t make sure that the monkeys on whose backs it turns income are fed or protected. Merck ought to modernize its analysis program by leaving merciless and archaic experiments on animals behind and utilizing solely subtle, human-relevant analysis strategies as a substitute.
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