Vivarium cages at BTS Research. Photo via btsresearch.com

A Sorrento Valley research laboratory has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, according to an announcement Thursday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA made an animal cruelty complaint to the USDA regarding BTS Research.

The USDA cited BTS for subjecting monkeys to “unnecessary discomfort” by confining them improperly for hours in a restraint chair in which they were forced to maintain a standing position with their collar fixed in the yoke of the chair.”

The agency also cited the laboratory for failing to ensure primates’ psychological well-being, stating that animals showed signs of being in psychological distress,” including one animal who was observed stereotypically circling the enclosure.”

The company has been cited for 13 animal welfare violations in the past two years, according to PETA, including failure to provide a dog used in an experimental surgery with adequate veterinary care, failure to provide guinea pigs and rabbits with housing that met the minimal size requirements specified by the AWA, and failure to keep facilities in good repair.

Animals at BTS are already denied everything that’s natural and important to them and robbed of any semblance of a life,” said Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of PETA said. “They are locked in cages, poked, prodded, injected with diseases, poisoned with chemicals, and killed.”

BTS Research did not immediately respond to a request for comment by City News Service.

— City News Service

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