PETA U.S. Calls for U.S. Government Agencies to Investigate and Block Public Funds for Lab Responsible for Animal-Welfare Violations and Deaths

For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2016

Tokyo — Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL)—a primate dealer and contract-testing laboratory which is headquartered in Tokyo and has operations in Kagoshima, Osaka, and Wakayama, as well as Washington and Texas in the U.S.—has just been slapped with an administrative lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for dozens of documented violations of that country’s federal Animal Welfare Act between 2011 and 2016 that have led to the death and horrific suffering of many animals.

PETA U.S. is calling on the country’s National Institutes of Health to stop directing taxpayer funds to SNBL and is asking its Food and Drug Administration to investigate the operation for violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The complaint, which was sent to PETA U.S., follows numerous PETA U.S. complaints, a 2011 whistleblower report indicating that SNBL abuses and neglects monkeys, and three USDA stipulations in 2006, 2008, and 2009. The USDA’s complaint details numerous incidents, including the following, among others:

  • Twenty-five monkeys shipped from Cambodia to the U.S. sustained multiple organ failure caused by dehydration and hypoglycemia. They died or were euthanized after they were trucked to the state of Washington without veterinary care, in spite of being weak, thin, and in poor health.
  • A 6-week-old monkey became trapped while trying to escape through a fence. Monkeys on the other side tried unsuccessfully to pull him through, and he died from trauma and hypothermia.
  • Six monkeys died when improperly trained and unqualified personnel conducted liver biopsies on them.
  • Multiple monkeys suffered from trauma, hyperthermia, and seizures and ultimately died after being pursued by net-wielding workers.
  • A monkey became entangled in a cable and died by strangulation.
  • At least two monkeys died after sustaining severe injuries during fights with incompatible cagemates.
  • A monkey suffocated after SNBL staff failed to notice that the animal’s head was stuck in a cage.

“SNBL’s incompetence and indifference have killed many monkeys for many years,” says PETA U.S. Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling for this laboratory to be stripped of its funding and shut down.”

A copy of the English complaint is available upon request. For more information about SNBL’s cruelty, please visit PETA.org.