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Primate Center Fined Following PETA Complaints

June 2012

In response to complaints filed by PETA and a series of significant animal welfare violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture fined the Oregon National Primate Research Center nearly $12,000 for repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The violations included the escape of nine monkeys from the facility, as well as the deaths of five other monkeys from a variety of causes, including dehydration, being injected with unapproved compounds, and improper procedures performed by an inadequately trained employee.