Yerkes Warned for failure to adequately
train personnel to perform their duties.
''......we remain deeply committed to providing
the highest standards of humane care and treatment for the animals
at our center.''
Stuart Zola, Yerkes' Director, Emory
Wheel, Nov. 22, 2005
following the suffocation death of a Chimpanzee
The USDA/APHIS issued an Official
Warning to Yerkes 10/13/01, for a violation of federal regulation,
9 CFR, Section 2.32(a): Failure to ensure employees are
adequately trained to perform their duties.
Emory/Yerkes received a Warning for 9 CFR, Section 3.80(a)(2)(ii):
Failure to provide primary enclosures constructed and maintained
so that they protect the non-human primates from injury.
This Warning is a result of an animal caretaker failing to ''notice
chain used to secure metabolism cage to wall was not attached. A
Rhesus macaque was strangled by the loose chain."
Is this Zola's idea of ''highest standards of humane care and treatment"?
No fine was imposed on Yerkes or Emory for thes failures to properly
perform their job to protect animals. The USDA's OIG recently issued
a scathing report concerning APHIS' failure to impose fines or penalties
in such incidents. The full Report can be found at http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/33002-03-SF.pdf
This is yet another example of how poorly research facilities are
operated and the failure of the USDA/APHIS to perform their job.
Despite numerous requests to USDA, Primate Freedom Project has
been unable to obtain any identification numbers for this Rhesus.
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