OHSU Primate Center Being Investigated For Mistreating Monkeys
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Contact the USDA to Demand MAX FINES against Oregon Health & Science University:

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
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Thank you for launching an investigation into the federal violations committed by Oregon Health & Science University. Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Oregon Health & Science University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence killed and injured many primates during the last several years, including: one monkey dead of strangulation, one monkey with necrotic lesions, two who were burned, six dead and twenty-one seriously injured during fights, and more than 50% of the monkeys with significant hair loss.

Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

OHSU Primate Center Being Investigated For Mistreating Monkeys
By Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting, March 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Thursday it’s investigating the treatment of research monkeys at Oregon Health And Science University.

The feds wouldn’t outline the reason for the investigation.

But over the last two years, OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center has been warned about monkeys being burned by heating pads; one that died under respiratory distress; and 27 that either died in fights or were seriously injured.

Michael Budkie of ‘Stop Animal Exploitation Now!’ says OHSU entered into a settlement with the USDA four years ago, after violating the Animal Welfare Act. And two years ago, got a warning letter, “There comes a time when you begin to wonder how often a facility will be allowed to break the law,” he said.

“We would like to see the USDA take a meaningful enough penalty against OHSU that either they stop breaking the law, or they move away from using primates in experimentation.”

In a statement, primate center director Nancy Haigwood said her office had not been contacted about any investigation. She said scientists adhere to the “appropriately stringent” Animal Welfare Act.

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