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Research Watchdog Releases “Inside Report” on Primate Center; Demands Tour of Lab & Inspection of Records

Monday, February 26, 2007
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

ATTN: Assignment Desk

Atlanta, GA - A national research watchdog organization has announced the release of an internal government report from the Yerkes Primate Research Center (YPRC), which reveals the deaths of 428 primates (12%) in one year.

“All is not well at the Yerkes Primate Research Center,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s Executive Director. “This facility has a high death rate, and there are clear indications of severe stress in the primate population.”

SAEN is releasing the recently-obtained YPRC Annual Progress Report, a 306 page government document filed annually with the National Institutes of Health. Copies are available upon request.

Key Statistics from the report:

Ø 428 primate deaths in one year

Ø 57% of primates housed in isolation (potential cause of severe mental pathologies)

Ø 10% of non-experimental deaths resulted from fighting/trauma

Ø YPRC is connected to over $132 million per year in federal funding for primate experiments

Ø Common primate diseases at YPRC included Enteritis/Collitis and Campylobacteriosis (potentially stress induced)

“The information contained in this report clearly indicates that primates at YPRC are highly stressed, chronically ill animals,” added Budkie. “This year-long data discloses troubling long-term patterns, and must be addressed.”

Potential causes of the severe stress in YPRC primates include experiments which subject primates to electric shock, separation of infants from mothers and addictive drugs.

YPRC Director, Stuart Zola, Ph.D., has been contacted to request a tour of the center’s facilities

“It’s time for the Primate Center to either put up or shut up,” added Budkie. “If they have nothing to hide, then a tour should be no problem.”


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