The USDA has issued an official citation against the Harvard Medical School for repeated incidents of cruelty to its lab animals. Four of the school's monkeys have died in less than two years, including one that was still in its cage when it was put through a mechanical washer, Bloomberg reports. Another died of thirst, as did 41 deer mice who had their water supply cut off in April.
"When you see multiple incidents at the same facility over a period of time, that's when you realize that this is indicative of a system-wide problem," says one animal rights activist with Stop Animal Exploitation Now. Harvard University recently landed at No. 3 on SAEN's top 10 animal welfare violators list, with its medical school occupying the No. 4 slot. Topping the list: TRS Labs in Athens, Georgia, which received 23 citations affecting around 70 animals.