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Monkeys scalded to death in university lab; Official complaint filed with federal agencies, UW primate center 'blacklisted'

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Contact: Lori Nitzel 608. 257-6333 or (cell) 608.345-0767 SAEN 513.575-5517

Attention: News Desk

MADISON - The horrific killing of three monkeys at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center here - scalded in death in a cage washer - has prompted an official complaint to be filed with federal oversight agencies and a call by a national watchdog organization to "blacklist" the Madison primate labs.

A news conference to release details of the incident will be held WEDNESDAY, at 11 a.m. at the 4th floor conference room at 122 State Street.

Alliance for Animals, based in Madison, will also submit copies of its official complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

SAEN, a national watchdog nonprofit group, will release a statement confirming it has placed the WNPRC on its national "blacklist." That designation means the facility will be intensively watched and investigated because of the poor treatment of animals in its research labs.

SAEN has described the WNPRC deaths as "tragic" and a result of university "negligence." SAEN said the deaths are indicative of a national trend of "accidental" lab animal deaths. Last weekend, seven primates at the California National Primate Research Center near Sacramento died when a heater was left on overnight, SAEN said.

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