Harvard Is Fined $24,000 Over Treatment of Monkeys in Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined Harvard Medical School $24,036 for animal-welfare violations in its care of monkeys used in research, The Boston Globe has reported.

Four of those violations involved the death of an animal. Many of the problems occurred at the New England Primate Research Center, a Harvard Medical School facility that the university said this year would be mostly shut down by 2015. A smaller Harvard facility in Boston, which has 45 primates, will continue operating, according to the newspaper.

The medical school released a statement to the newspaper saying that officials there thought the fine was appropriate, and adding that its leadership “cares deeply about upholding exemplary standards of care.”

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