PETA Finds Possible Corruption at the Washington National Primate Research Center

Yvonne O'Halloran

PETA recently filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture in regards to possible corruption found at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). According to the animal rights group, WaNPRC, which is located at the University of Washington, regularly violates the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), finding that monkeys at the research center frequently escape from their cages, and some are missing for days.

After obtaining documents, PETA found that, of multiple monkeys that have escaped, the most recent took place in April. PETA says, “A monkey went missing for two days before she was discovered trapped in a tunnel cage, dehydrated and hungry.”

Even worse, PETA says, is that WaNPRC staff is not properly reporting these incidents to university authorities.

PETA’s complaint also alleges that there are conflicts of interest on the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC was created to enforce all animal protection laws in laboratories at the university.

Not only was the IACUC not contacted until a month after the most recent primate escape, but some IACUC members work in the primate research center. As such, the IACUC spent two months debating what the WaNPRC’s punishment would be. In the end, they did nothing, not even issuing a reprimand.

PETA is now asking supporters to call for the closure of the WaNPRC and demand the monkeys be released into sanctuaries.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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