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Research Center Inmates Recaptured, More’s the Pity

Written by PETA | April 7, 2009

On the “even the little guy sometimes gets a break” front, we recently received news that nine monkeys had escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). The monkeys apparently made a break for it when a laboratory worker left their outdoor cage unsecured (great idea—lab workers reading this please take note). Sadly, all the monkeys were eventually captured, but freedom tasted good while it lasted, didn’t it, guys?

Perhaps those monkeys were reading The PETA Files? Just last month, we reported that ONPRC had been cited for three violations of the Animal Welfare Act and slapped with a formal warning from the USDA, which told ONPRC that if it didn’t shape up, it could face civil or criminal penalties. This after PETA repeatedly brought to the USDA’s attention abuses such as botched surgeries, the forced separation of infant monkeys from their mothers, and the deaths of monkeys who had been denied veterinary care. PETA also told the USDA about how monkeys at ONPRC were forced to eat food out of waste-filled trays, blasted with high-pressure hoses in their cages, and much more.


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Even though we were rooting for the escaped monkeys to catch a freight train out of there forever, we have filed yet another complaint with the USDA. We pointed out that the USDA had told ONPRC that if it screwed up again, it was going to be in serious trouble. So, USDA, please stand by your word. ONPRC has been given more than enough opportunities to clean up its act, and it has failed. If only the 4,000 monkeys who are imprisoned at ONPRC could receive as many “second chances.” There is nothing good in their future, we fear.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Saucy says:

    What I want to know is where is the outrage from taxpayers especially the ones who pay the most tax. Maybe now that taxes are being restructured and those who make the most will pay the most we can get their attention on this. Maybe get a hearing on the hill. This is an OUTRAGE a missuse of taxpayers money. There is a Congressman or Senator from Oregon I don’t know which I just caught the end of the program who was speaking about how we need to understand we share this planet with animals and our connection to animals………..and then the program went off. I wrote part of his name down I’ll look for it and try to figure out who this guy is and get back to you. There is no excuse for this cruelty and WASTEFUL SPENDING.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    How lab workers and scientists can do what they do to animals all day long and then go home and hug and kiss their families is they compartmentalize their lives…work is one thing personal time another. It works remarkably well for them just as it did for concentration camp guards.

  • carol finelli says:

    I would love to see planet of the apes take place and all the so called sadists I mean scientist or lab people put into the cages and have the same treatment done to them. I don’t know how these so called sadists could go home and kiss and hug their kids. and think what they do all day for fun is ok because its only an animal. what goes around comes around they will get theirs some day. you can’t do what they do and have a great life.

  • Gina says:

    Aww this is so sad they should just let them go. Test on bad humans instead