Harvard monkeys die, four of them in the last few years, and the elite school gets hit with a fine for the mistreatment of animals. After hearing how these monkeys died you might think that calling this a mistreatment of animals is an understatement. According to Reuters on Dec. 18, the government’s decision to fine the ivy league university $24,000 for repeated animal welfare violations came after 11 incidents in 2011 and 2012.
Four monkeys have died in three very different ways:
1. A laboratory worker overdosed a monkey with anesthetic causing it to die of liver failure.
2. Two monkeys died after being deprived water.
3. One monkey died after a toy with a string in the monkey’s cage got wrapped around its neck and it strangled him.
These are some painful ways to meet your demise. Many folks today think that USDA fine of $24,000 is nothing near the amount of a fine that should be handed to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Harvard was also cited for various other incidents of mistreatment of monkeys, such as individuals handling the monkeys who weren’t properly trained.
All four deaths of the monkeys occurred at Harvard’s lab in Southborough, Massachusetts, which the school recently announced that it has plans to close this facility for financial reasons. The smaller research center in Boston that uses primates will stay open.
While Harvard agreed with the amount of the fine, calling it “fair,” PETA had something different in mind. They feel a fine of this size will have little effect on an institution that’s handed $185 million each year in taxpayer funds alone, not to mention tuition and all the money that folks donate to Harvard.
The $24,000 fine “won’t motivate Harvard to do it better” a statement from PETA said.