Close Animal Testing Laboratory Accused of Ongoing Cruelty

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Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service

Goal: Close animal testing facility that has faced dozens of animal neglect complaints in the past few years.

Animal rights groups have filed several complaints against an animal testing laboratory at the Oregon Health & Science University. Rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now has demanded United States Department of Agriculture investigations into cases of monkeys sustaining deadly injuries after either escaping from their enclosures or being caught on objects placed inside their cages. According to the group, these deaths were due to neglect and could have easily been avoided.

The Oregon National Primate Research Center in the Oregon Health & Science University has faced several complaints in the past about the welfare of the animals in its laboratories. In a span of only two years, the institution has received warnings about heating pads burning monkeys, monkeys dying due to respiratory distress, and 27 animals that were killed or severely injured in fights. In 2012, the university was fined $12,000 for Animal Welfare Act violations that caused the deaths of several monkeys.

Despite the fact that the Oregon Health & Science University has been named in dozens of animal neglect and cruelty cases in past years, it continues to operate. According to Nancy Haigwood, director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, these types of accidents are unavoidable due to the nature of the wild primates.

If it is impossible to prevent these cruel and unnecessary deaths, the facility should be closed altogether. Until the Oregon National Primate Research Center receives appropriate fines and punishment for its cruelty, the neglect and deaths will continue. Sign the petition below to demand that the facility is closed permanently for its repeated and ongoing animal cruelty.


Dear Administrator Kevin Shea,

The Oregon National Primate Research Center at the Oregon Health & Science University is facing several allegations of animal neglect. An animal rights group is alleging that monkeys have died after choking on toys in their cages and being injured after escaping their enclosures. In past years, a flurry of similar complaints have been launched against the institution for its treatment of animals.

Until the Oregon Health & Science University is properly reprimanded for its repeated neglect and cruelty, animals will continue to suffer and die. We, the undersigned, demand that the facility is closed permanently and that the monkeys are placed with rescue operations.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    The photograph of the monkey held in a painful, contorted position, is horrendous…..

    MOST animal experimentation can now be done by computer models, or human volunteers……MUCH of it is done by/ for the cosmetic industry which means huge numbers of animals die in pain for a stupid, superficial reason…..

    ONLY when there is no other option, and the experimentation is for a legitimate medical need should animal experimentation be allowed……an oversight committee needs to approve or disapprove all animal experimentation…..NOT the USDA which is corrupt and seems to care nothing for the welfare of any animal.

  2. Perry Hicks says:

    Science and technology has and always will progress, take away animal testing, and it will find ways to progress without it. Why blame the companies when actual people who have a choice not to do test on animals still do, a great chemesist could say “I will work for you, but not like this”

  3. Animal testing is a useless step and just drives up the cost of drug tests.

  4. Beth Knalfa says:

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE “USDA”. Why can’t they do their jobs, uphold the law and enforce the law on these archaic universities that continue redundant unnecessary torture. Our USDA should be ashamed and not only that but we pay taxes for what?

  5. Gerard FABIANO says:


  6. Denise Baudin says:

    E. Kay Dawson, Principle, ( ; Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D.,Director ; Lauren Drew Martin, D.V.M, Dipl., ACLAM, Associate Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, ;
    & Kevin Shea, Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service and others in this Department: People like you that allow these “experiments” on monkeys and other animals should be put in that metal grip of torture in the name of “science!!!”
    What kind of University is this OREGON, USA, Health & Science University????????????? This is not a University, it is a torture chamber.
    Furthermore, you people are receiving $11 million in federal grants annually to encourage you to torture animals??????????????

    In one of your webpages,
    you say
    “We recognize the ethical questions raised by animal research, which is why we provide humane and compassionate animal care while conserving our resources for only the most essential research endeavors.” YOU PROVIDE HUMANE AND COMPASSIONATE ANIMAL CARE. Really??????? We demand that you “scientists!!!” close permanently this “place of learning” and place the monkeys and other animals with rescue operations.

  7. Carol Bowen says:

    F*****g Bastard. Close this F*****g place down. Those poor poor animals. Why don’t you experiment on your own kind. Animals have feelings too. Bastards !!

  8. Show me an animal testing facility that isn’t cruel to animals. That’s the whole reason they test on animals and not humans.

  9. We have modern science where non-animal testing is now being used. Labs using animals for abusive cruel experiments should have been outlawed and banned years ago. We are no longer in the dark ages! WE ARE NOW IN THE MODERN

  10. I feel physically ill!!! How can anyone in his/her right mind place another living creature in a position such as this.
    Surely your own common sense has to kick in and say “THIS IS WRONG”!
    It appears to me that a member of the “human” race is defined as follows: primate genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other apes by a large brain and the capacity for speech.”
    More and more every day I despair at the dreadful cruelty that is meted out by a so-called “superior” being with a large brain and able to speak for him/herself – in other words think and speak, cry, feel pain, etc.
    “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
    Seriously, if you cannot at least be kind, do not do harm!!!

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