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Ask Harvard to Release its Endangered Cotton-top Tamarins to Sanctuaries

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Originally Posted: July 31, 2012

Ask Harvard to Release its Endangered Cotton-top Tamarins to Sanctuaries

[Ed. Note: For more details, read USDA Cites Harvard Center for Violating Federal Law.]

FROM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)


Ask interim director of Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center R. Paul Johnson, M.D., to release the institution’s nearly 170 cotton-top tamarins to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. 

primate vivisection tamarin harvardSign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

R. Paul Johnson
New England Regional Primate Research Center
P.O. Box 9102
1 Pine Hill Drive
Southborough, MA 01772-9102
phone (508) 624-8148
fax (508) 624-8172
[email protected]


I am writing to ask that you set a date for the release of Harvard's cotton-top tamarin population to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. Cotton-Top tamarins are critically endangered and don't fare well in captivity, particularly when they aren't properly taken care of. The New England Primate Research Center's past tamarin experiments have been needless. Please announce a plan immediately for retiring these animals and make every effort to send them to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges by the end of 2012.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!