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Baboons Fight Back

Written by PETA | May 12, 2010

Update: In response to the complaint filed by PETA, the USDA cited Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research for two violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

A worker at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) in San Antonio was hospitalized with cuts and scratches on Monday after he was attacked by two baboons. The primates reportedly escaped from a holding pen and jumped the guy while he was cleaning cages. (My guess is that they were looking for the keys, but that’s just my personal theory.) PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pointing out that violations of the Animal Welfare Act may have led to the attack.

This wouldn’t be surprising. In 2009 and again in February 2010, the USDA cited SFBR for failing to house animals in structurally sound enclosures to prevent them from escaping and injuring themselves and others. In one incident, a monkey escaped from a cage and got outside into the freezing cold, where he suffered from hypothermia and later had to be euthanized.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, “biomedical research” is code for “animal torment.” For instance, at SFBRC, female animals are impregnated and their preterm babies are cut from their bodies, killed, and dissected. Other animals are infected with hepatitis, and some are fed diets that consist of 40 percent lard in order to induce obesity and heart disease.

Sadly, the baboons’ decision to visit some karmic justice on the lab worker prevented them from making a successful bid for freedom, and they were quickly returned to the cells cages. However, considering the tragic outcome of another Texas jailbreak (a chimpanzee was shot and killed in 2008 after escaping from the University of Texas Keeling Center), maybe it’s a good thing that those baboons didn’t get their fingers on the keys after all.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • That is so disgusting! Why would they treat animals like that? No wonder the animals are attacking! They’re just trying to defend themselves.

  • Lee Sinclair says:

    PLEASE release all the primates do what Jesus would do for his fellow creatures. Thankyou Blessings

  • Verdi says:

    Don’t forget the poor old foxes PETA! I’ve seen horific images on line of a fox literally being ripped apart while still alive by foxhounds! Don’t let this new government repeal the “Hunting Act”! Yours hopefully Verdi.

  • kenady says:

    Good point being shot would have been heaven compared to this sht there going through..

  • pj says:

    i would rather be shot than go back 2 a hellhole and a life of torture and if the voiceless could talk i am sure they would say the same!!

  • bel says:

    Well done baboons! I personally think the shot was better…death is a better option than a life of torture…back on the cages mean “back to suffering and torture”….but at least the got revenge

  • Rad_Rosa says:

    Poor baboons.. That guy had it coming to him.

  • John J says:

    Always sad to hear. I hope it wasnt serious and they do fine.