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USDA slaps Harvard with $24K fine for years of animal abuse and neglect

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on has slapped Harvard Medical School with a $24,000 fine for repeated animal welfare violations at its Southborough, Massachusetts lab, which resulted in the deaths of 11 animals between 2011-2012.

The charges were made following an extended probe into mistreatment of primates including two cases in which monkeys died from dehydration after being deprived of water, as well as a case in which a monkey suffered liver failure after being given too much anesthesia during surgery. Another strangled to death in its cage after a chain attached to a toy wrapped around its neck.

Despite an official apology from the School, as well as the promise to shut the facility down, PETA issued a statement stating the believed the fine will have little impact Harvard research practices.

"For an institution that receives $185 million annually in taxpayer funds alone, half of which is used for experiments on animals, a $24,000 fine for years of abusing and neglecting monkeys won't motivate Harvard to do better," it said.

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