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The Defender
Vol. 4, No. 2 - Spring 2006

Hundreds Injured at Oregon Lab – Documents Reveal Rampant Cruelty

SAEN has discovered that while Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) ranks third nationally for federal research grant dollars, it ranks number one for primate injuries. This facility imprisons approximately 3000 primates.

An audit of research funding by SAEN lists OHSU third nationally behind only the University of Washington and Harvard. OHSU was given approximately ¼ billion dollars by the NIH for animal research during a single year. Over 60% of NIH research funding at OHSU is for animal experiments, making the university more financially dependent on animal-based projects than any other U.S. lab.

But while OHSU receives the third highest funding total for animal research, primates within the labs are trying to maim themselves and each other. Recently obtained internal OHSU documents reveal high rates of death, severe traumatic injuries, and psychological abnormalities within the OHSU primate center.

During the most recent reporting year, 1601 traumatic injuries occurred at the OHSU primate center which required medical treatment. OHSU officials attribute these injuries to inter-primate contact. Also, over 15% (180) of the indoor-housed primates at OHSU are psychologically abnormal.

441 primates died at OHSU during the 2003 – 2004 reporting year, while the Primate Center brought over $146 million in funding to the university.

“Virtually all OHSU primate research is scientifically meaningless, because it is performed on primates that are so psychologically abnormal that their levels of stress would severely alter their physiology,” added Budkie. “The only truly meaningful way to study primates is in their natural environment.”

Please protest the cruelty at OHSU:

Peter O. Kohler, M.D., President
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239-3098
(503) 494-8311

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