Complaint filed over monkey death at Oregon primate center
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Complaint filed over monkey death at Oregon primate center
By Lynne Terry,, February 11, 2016

An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Oregon Health & Science University over several violations at its primate center in Beaverton.

The latest incident involved the death of a monkey that apparently strangled itself on a foraging device last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report obtained by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW, located in Ohio.

The complaint calls on the USDA, which regulates primate centers, to launch an investigation. Michael Budkie, executive director of the animal rights group, said the primate center knew that the device, designed to provide stimulation, was problematic.

"The fact that this device was not removed is a clear incidence of negligence by OHSU which took this monkey's life," Budkie said.

Nancy Haigwood, director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, said in a statement that as soon as the issue with the device was discovered, OHSU fixed the problem and reported it to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health. She the office determined that OHSU's corrective actions were appropriate.

"USDA officials also confirmed that our response to this incident was appropriate and the strategy to prevent this in the future was satisfactory," Haigwood said in the statement.

She said OHSU has 15 veterinarians and 12 behavorists and dozens of other individuals who try to ensure the monkey's health and well-being. She said the primates at the center live twice as long as their counterparts in the wild.

"The Oregon National Primate Research Center is committed to humane, respectful treatment and the best possible veterinary care for every monkey at the center," her statement said. "For this reason, the accidental death of any monkey is upsetting to all of us."

There are nearly 5,000 monkeys at the center involved in HIV and other research.

Budkie would like the center to close. He said the same research could be done with new technology that allows experiments with human tissue.

"We think the (money) would be better spent on other kinds of science," Budkie said. "They're demonstrating an ongoing pattern of violations," he said.

The complaint lists violations dating back several years. According to the reports obtained by the group:

  • In 2012, the USDA fined OHSU $11,679 for a 2009 violation involving the escape of nine macaques from an outdoors enclosure;
  • In April, 2014, the USDA cited OHSU over the death of a macaque under anesthesia; the hospitalization of 21 rhesus macaques, including the death of six, as a result of fighting amid loud construction noises; extensive hair loss of more than half of the population of rhesus macaques; problems with bedding and housing.
  • In July, 2014, two animals were burned by an electric heating pad;
  • In March, 2015, the USDA cited OHSU over a macaque that had necrotic lesions around an area of its body where it had received injections.

The reports say that OHSU followed up on the citations by correcting the problems.

Budkie said the primate center stands out for the number of violations. He wants the center to be fined.

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