Aided by a whistleblower at the Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories USA offices in Everett, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging the lab violated the federal Animal Welfare Act. The complaint is supported by the whistleblower's insider photos and video footage of abused monkeys, says PETA.
In an e-mail and an online announcement, the animal welfare group states:
The whistleblower weighed her concerns for her job and fear of retaliation against the suffering and deaths of animals that she witnessed every day at SNBL and repeatedly appealed to SNBL managers and supervisors to improve conditions for animals in the company's laboratories. After those pleas were ignored, she felt compelled to contact PETA.
PETA released this video, with somber music added, showing monkeys in cages, some attached to devices, others with apparent chemical-induced side effects:
"With this video, the public can plainly see what desolate, traumatized lives of deprivation these monkeys lead," says PETA Vice President Kathy Guillermo in a statement. "We're calling on the USDA to launch an immediate investigation and hold SNBL accountable if these very serious allegations of animal abuse are borne out."
No one at the Everett lab returned calls requesting comment.