Contact the USDA to Demand Maximum FINES against Oregon Health & Science
Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region, USDA
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 whose spine was injured during an escape, 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.
Animal rights group files new complaint
against OHSU over monkey death
By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 17, 2016
An animal rights group has filed a new complaint against Oregon Health &
Science University's over the death of a monkey at its primate center in
Stop Animal Exploitation Now wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week, accusing OHSU of violating the Animal Welfare Act in its treatment of the animal. The incident happened last September when a 24-year-old rhesus macaque escaped from a holding area, fell and injured his spine, according to an OHSU document obtained by the group. The primate center's veterinarians euthanized the monkey.
The group said OHSU's treatment of the animal was "negligent." It called on the USDA to fine the university the maximum - $10,000 per violation.
The group filed a similar complaint in February over another monkey death last year. The primate essentially strangled itself by becoming entangled in a foraging device.
Nancy Haigwood, director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, said both incidents were reported to the USDA, which oversees primate centers.
"This happens on occasion," Haigwood said. "We do everything we can to prevent this. But monkeys are wild animals."
The primate center works with 5,000 primates.
"We feel we do an outstanding job taking care of the animals," Haigwood said. "(Veterinary) staff are devastated when something like this happens."
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