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SAMPLE MESSAGE: Please levy the MAXIMUM FINE against Emory University for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act when their negligence killed two monkeys. It is unconscionable that Emory staff was incapable of remembering to remove a rubber band from the hands of a monkey after anesthesia as well as returning a monkey to the correct enclosure. Their behavior should NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The time is NOW to send a clear message with stiff penalties to these incompetent facilities that these behaviors will NOT be tolerated!   

Two monkeys die at Yerkes Research Center
By Christopher King,
September 24, 2015

The mission of Yerkes National Primate Center is biomedical research on primates to improve the health and well-being of humans and animals. But animal rights groups said the center is failing dismally after two research monkeys died in two separate occasions.

A Yerkes spokeswoman said in an email, the center "regrets the deaths" of two research animals.

Michael Budkie, co-founder of the advocacy group Stop Animal Exploitation Now, said the deaths are the result of incompetence.
“The Yerkes Primate Research Center should be closed,” Budkie said. "The administration and the staff at the facility are negligent."

Budkie gave CBS46 two letters from David Wynes, Vice President of Emory University’s Research Administration, which oversees Yerkes, to Axel Wolff, Director of the Compliance Oversight Division with the National Institute of Health.

In a letter dated April 24, Wynes wrote a "Rhesus macaque" came down with an infection and had to be killed after "fragments of a rubber band" were discovered embedded in the muscle around the shoulders.

The incident was the result of human error in failing to remove the rubber band," Wynes wrote.

A March 19th letter indicated in another incident a monkey was put in the "incorrect animal run."

"That animal was attacked and died as a result of that," Budkie said.
According to Wynes’ letter, that monkey was killed as a result of "fight wound trauma." The letter stated "this appears to be an isolated incident."

Mark Sharpless, the Yerkes Operations Manager, approached CBS46 off of their property but would not answer our questions.

When asked for details on how the monkeys died, Sharpless responded, “no, you can talk to public affairs.”

CBS46 called Yerkes’ public affairs and is waiting for an answer.

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