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PETA Claims of Animal Mistreatment at OHSU Continue

PETA's allegations Involve Monkeys Used in Stem Cell Research.

Caged monkey
Photo: PETA

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Oregon National Primate Research Center has announced that it has cloned monkey embryos as a potential source for stem cells.

This announcement comes on the heels of news that a PETA investigator documented alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act during a four-month stint working as an animal husbandry technician at the facility.

PETA says the investigator saw that sick monkeys were denied adequate pain relief and prompt veterinary care, and one employee even mistook blood for Kool-Aid.

They also say workers sprayed cages with loud high-pressure hoses while the monkeys were still in them and tossed food into "filthy waste trays beneath the floors of the wire cages."

In the expected discussion about cloning monkeys, PETA hopes that the conditions for and the treatment of the animals used for these studies will not be forgotten.

"Apart from the dreams and fantasies of what cloning might mean for people, we need to look at the absolute reality of what cloning experiments already mean for animals."

PETA says many monkeys are caged in bleak conditions, and that they have revealed this information to the public and the media. They claim the animals are subjected to invasive experiments, as the failure rate for cloning is as high as 99 percent.

The group says, "rather than funding more 'exotic' experiments on animals, we need to insist that this institution funnel resources into the increasingly sophisticated field of non-animal research. Only by studying humans and human cells and using 21st century technology to analyze data will we learn about human pathology."

Source: PETA

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BE FAIR November 16, 2007 5:15 am (Pacific time)

What a one sided piece of reporting. Did you cut an paste this directly from the PETA Web site? Don't you guys remember that PETA has made false claims about OHSU before that were false? Why not think about the source before reporting biased garbage aimed at making headlines? Way to fall for the propaganda!

Maureen November 15, 2007 2:45 pm (Pacific time)

It breaks my heart to think of what animals used for vivisection go through. There are plenty of alternatives, but for these people animals are disposable goods!

Disgusted November 15, 2007 11:34 am (Pacific time)

I have a hard time believing these types of animals STILL get used for tests in this day and age. So sad. These are so close to humans in intelligence and they have a full range of emotions and a soul.I am not even an animal rights person but I still don't believe we have the right morally for this. There has to be other ways of obtaining the same ends. of course I am sure it would entail higher costs, the root of all evil is money.

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