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Ask Harvard to End Deadly Marmoset Experiment

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Originally Posted: May 9, 2012

Ask Harvard to End Deadly Marmoset Experiment

[Ed. Note: For more information, read Letter of Complaint to USDA 19 March 2012 and Letter of Complaint to USDA About Harvard Medical School 10 Jan 2012.]

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

ACTION

Tell New England Primate Research Center to immediately end the facility’s deadly and unnecessary marmoset experiment and retire the remaining marmosets to sanctuary.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=509&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=b5hxes4sq1.app214a

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Mark Barnes, J.D., LL.M.
Interim Managing Director
New England Primate Research Center
neprc@hms.harvard.edu

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

It is clear from Harvard Medical School's track record on animal care that animals are not safe at its facilities, and details that have emerged about a recent marmoset's escape and death at NEPRC are extremely troubling. I am writing to ask that you immediately end this deadly and unnecessary marmoset aging experiment and retire the remaining marmosets to sanctuary.

The marmoset who died last October escaped from his cage, was captured, and was forced into a restraint tube barely larger than his body. Then, he underwent an EchoMRI study while possibly suffering lethal injuries, and was later found dead. This experiment is extremely cruel and completely unnecessary. Aging can be studied ethically and effectively in human population studies and clinical trials instead.

Please prevent the marmosets still at risk at NEPRC from further harm by ending the deadly aging experiment and retiring the remaining marmosets to sanctuary.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!