The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) has started a massive beagle and monkey cull. The LRRI reportedly lost a contract and decided to kill the research animals destined for the experiment instead of releasing them to rescue groups. 300 monkeys have already been killed while the fate of the beagles is yet unknown. Reportedly, more monkeys are due to be killed.
In early July, a whistleblower contacted Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) regarding the monkeys and beagles at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque. The LRRI had begun exterminating the animals for financial reasons, killing 30 monkeys a day. In response, SAEN and WAR launched a joint campaign, Operation: Agitate to Liberate. A number of animal protection organizations, including In Defense of Animals (IDA), have contacted LRRI asking for the animals to be released to rescue groups. The LRRI has refused to do so, responding to media that killing lab animals is routine business at Lovelace.
Please ask the LRRI management team to stop this cull !
The U.S. federal law encourages for surplus research animals to be released to sanctuaries. As an example, the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act, is aimed at finding permanent sanctuaries and providing lifetime care for surplus chimpanzees from research facilities. The Act states that no animals can be killed simply because they are no longer of use and prohibits the killing of non-human species for the convenience of the lab. The practice of releasing surplus research animals to sanctuaries is also encouraged under the law of the European Union, thereby acknowledging that research animals are not disposable research tools. It is the obligation of your Institute to give these ‘unwanted’ animals, who have been exploited for research purposes, a chance at finding new homes by responding to the calls of animal advocates. These animals deserve their freedom.
Please stop killing innocent animals and open a dialogue with animal advocates by contacting Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) or Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights (WAR) and arranging for the transport of the remainder of these monkeys and beagles to reputable primate sanctuaries and adoptive homes.