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PETA Claims Investigation Reveals Shocking Abuse in Oregon Primate Center

Group says their news conference will present documentation of sick and injured animals, psychological trauma.

OHSUs Primate Center
OHSU's Primate Center
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Today, PETA will hold a news conference in Portland to present evidence of alleged rampant and routine violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act that were gathered during a four-month undercover investigation at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) in Beaverton.

At ONPRC, PETA's investigator says they documented that monkeys did not receive adequate veterinary care and pain relief. "The animals were forced to eat food from their waste trays, were terrorized when they were chased and caught in group cages, and suffered such severe psychological trauma that at least one monkey, Megatron, resorted to self-mutilation."

"Many other monkeys whirled, rocked, and paced inside their small cages. PETA filed a formal complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to immediately launch an investigation into ONPRC."

PETA claims ONPRC houses more than 4,000 monkeys, and it has received more than $33 million in taxpayer funding in 2007 alone. At the news conference, PETA says they will detail its investigator's findings, including the following:

Penelope, an 18-year-old monkey, reportedly suffered severe pain from endometriosis for more than a month but was only given adequate pain relief a week before she was killed.

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Although ONPRC states on its Web site that it trains monkeys to enter transfer boxes voluntarily, the investigator claims to have videotaped a monkey who was shrieking with arms pinned behind his or her back as staff tried to get the animal into a box.

Isaac, a monkey whose eye was removed so that experimenters could induce a stroke, was found dead in his cage the day after the surgery.

"PETA's investigator documented ONPRC's complete disregard for animals and for the laws that should protect them," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "These animals live in terror every second of every day—they are shut in metal boxes and killed for nicotine and alcohol experiments as well as other wasteful and repetitive studies."

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Anonymous December 4, 2007 10:51 pm (Pacific time)

Here are the USDA findings. http://www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/newspub/releases/upload/2-15-2007_ONPRC_INSPECTION_RPT.pdf

OHSU November 17, 2007 9:10 am (Pacific time)

The previous awful message is not posted by Dr. Spindel. Folks, it is not classy or ethical to try an impersonate another person.

Skipper Osborne November 14, 2007 8:59 pm (Pacific time)

If these PETA people would put more time in what is going on with and to their fellow person, we would have a better world. Keep the research going, damnit!

Matt November 13, 2007 9:42 pm (Pacific time)

I do believe that animal testing is an unfortunate fact of life. We benefit to much from this type of testing to give it up, but we need some minimal standards in place that do what they can to minimize suffering.

anon November 13, 2007 5:48 pm (Pacific time)

most people don't understand how much information about disease is gathered from this research. it is from this that we are able to elucidate the mechanisms of HIV and develop treatments, it is from this that we are able to further our understanding of pathogens to prevent human suffering. all the monkeys at onprc are cared for properly and treated well. i see it everyday.

Jonesy November 13, 2007 1:49 pm (Pacific time)

I wonder whether our E. Spindel is the Eliot Spindel who kills monkeys in nicotine experiments for ONPRC. Just a thought ... Either way, I hope they all go to prison.

TruthSeeker November 13, 2007 12:42 pm (Pacific time)

PETA is quite over the top, but your disgusting crude comment reminds me of why I would rather hang out with my dog than most humans. Only an ignoramus would think they deserve that. They are still a creature with a soul. You definitely didn't get enough of something from your parents. Perhaps a move to a vastly remote area of the Ozarks would be a good thing for you? (and society) Surprising statement also, as I am sure you don't like humans or anything else much either, and probably are on your third wife by now. At a minimum I feel sorry for whoever has to deal with you on a regular basis.

E. SPINDEL November 13, 2007 10:51 am (Pacific time)

PETA is a terrorist organization and if they had their way we'd all be dead by now from disease. Monkeys are not humans and don't deserve anything. If shocking them to death means we can cure male pattern baldness I say shock the hell out of em!

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