19417-74th Ave. West
Lynnwood, WA. 98036
January 8, 2014
Dean Jeffrey Scott Flier, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
Dean’s Office, Gordon Hall
25 Shattuck St.
Boston, MA. 02115
Dear Doctor Flier:
First of all, I’m thanking you more than words can say because Harvard’s Medical School will soon be closing its New England Primate Research Center.
Second, I and so many others are pleading with you to please send these poor primates to a sanctuary, and not to other labs. They’ve suffered enough. Please give them a chance at a better life.
Even Ex-Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias Zerhouni said, “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans… Reseachers have over-relied on animal data. The problem is that it hasn’t worked… We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.” (NIH Newsletters, 6/21/2013)
If you’ll go out there and take a look at the tiny squirrel monkeys, the Cotton-Top Tamarins, the Marmosets, and the macaques, you’ll be able to see that they really are innocent, and don’t deserve more pain and suffering. Please give them a break. Sanctuaries are standing by, hoping you’ll acquiesce, hoping you’ll open your heart.
Last, I’ll end this with Dr. Albert Schweitzer: “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” PLEASE extend your compassion to these innocent primates. Let them go to waiting sanctuaries, please.
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