19 days after a mass raid in which 178 dogs and seven rabbits were rescued from cages at the Instituto Royal in São Roque, Brazil, the institute announced that it will shut down the laboratory. In a statement released today, the institute expained its decision: "Considering the high and irreparable losses and damage suffered as a result of the invasion on Oct. 18 - with the loss of almost the entire breeding stock of animals and nearly a decade of research - as well as the continuing instability and security crisis that jeopardize the physical and moral integrity of its employees, the members concluded that the ability of the Instituto Royal to continue to carry out scientific research and testing using animals is hopelessly compromised."