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Internal Documents Expose Primate Escapes and Insanity at U of MN Research Watchdog Demands Federal Investigation  

For Immediate Release
Thursday April 24, 2008
Contact: Michael Budkie
513-703-9865 (cell) 513-575-5517

Attn: News Desk

Internal Documents Expose Primate Escapes and Insanity at U of MN Research Watchdog Demands Federal Investigation

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – Numerous primate escapes and frequent self-abuse by primates at the University of Minnesota have prompted a watchdog organization to file a federal complaint.

Recently obtained internal records reveal 4 separate incidents of primate escapes from caging within a 2 year period at the University of Minnesota. Other incidents include squeeze cage apparatus being sprung on one monkey by another.

Other serious issues at the University of Minnesota reveal substantial incidents of self-destructive behavior by primates inside the labs of researcher Marilyn Carroll. University records state: “NHP (non-human primate) was observed by LACT ripping hair from the armpit area and chewing on the fur, each time he would grab a tuft of hair he would vocalize.”

“It is clear that primates in the labs at the University of Minnesota are out of control,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “The monkeys are running loose across the tops of the cages, springing devices on each other, and ripping out their own hair. They have clearly lost their minds.”

Documents obtained through the state public records act reveal multiple incidents of escapes, self-mutilation, and psychologically abnormal behavior by University of Minnesota primates.

SAEN, national research watchdog organization has filed a complaint against the University of Minnesota with the United States Department of Agriculture requesting an immediate investigation.

“The animals in this facility are clearly the victims of negligent and abusive care,” added Budkie. “Highly invasive experiments in areas such as drug addiction have cost them their sanity.”

The documents and the Official Complaint are available upon request.

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