Monkey laboratory keeps low profile at Everett

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Her son now lives a normal life and has a career and a family.

“People don’t always realize the effect these drugs have on people’s lives. It’s amazing,” Breau said. “Nothing is more impactful than a pharmaceutical.”

Controversy comes with animal experimentation.

SNBL last month infuriated animal-rights activists after documents detailed how SNBL’s monkeys died in Texas. The animals’ causes of death included emaciation, hypothermia and overheating.

That information is accurate, but it doesn’t tell the whole story, Crane said.

Some animals refused to eat and became emaciated because they were already sick, he said.

Because not eating doesn’t warrant euthanasia, the animals were emaciated when they died.

“Monkeys get sick and die just like pets get sick and die,” Crane said.

The animals that died of hypothermia were being held in outdoor cages with external heaters. Two pigtail monkeys had apparently avoided the warmed area, Crane said.

One monkey died. The other was euthanized because it was too cold to recover.

Since the incident, Crane said, all cages have both indoor and outdoor areas. Pigtail monkeys are now kept indoors when the temperature drops, he said.

The monkeys that died of overheating were chased when it was hot outside.

To prevent future deaths, the company no longer captures monkeys when temperatures rise above 85 degrees.

In 2008, Stop Animal Exploitation Now focused attention on SNBL’s Everett operation after a monkey died when it was not removed from a cage that was sterilized in scalding water. The USDA did not impose sanctions over the incident. The company changed its cleaning procedure to prevent more deaths.

SNBL also faced complaints from the Humane Society and from a local animal rescue group, Pasado’s Safe Haven, that year.

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