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Urge NIH to Yank Harvard Funding After Monkey Deaths

Written by Alisa Mullins | March 1, 2012

You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to know that all mammals need water to survive, yet this basic biology principle is apparently lost on the clever folks at Harvard. For the second time in three months, a monkey has died of dehydration at the Ivy League institution: On Sunday, an elderly cotton-top tamarin was euthanized at Harvard Medical School (HMS) after it was discovered that the monkey’s cage had no water bottle, an inexcusable oversight that led the university to suspend new experiments at its New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC).

The monkey’s death came on the same day that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made public an inspection report that revealed three other incidents involving the neglectful endangerment of monkeys at the facility in the past three months, including another monkey’s death. This recent series of deaths has prompted PETA to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to suspend all funding to HMS and NEPRC and to demand a refund of any grant money spent on activity that violated federal animal protection laws, which is required by federal grant guidelines.


Milo was imprisoned at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), a facility where PETA conducted a shocking undercover investigation

A History of Violations

The USDA has cited HMS and NEPRC for more than 20 violations of the Animal Welfare Act during the past two years, including the following incidents involving serious injuries and deaths:

  • In January of this year, two primates became severely dehydrated and one died. In another incident, a primate suffered two broken bones when his leg was smashed in a heavy cage door. Another primate suffered serious foot injuries after he and others escaped from improperly secured cages.
  • In December 2011, a staff member caught an escaped primate with a net, performed an imaging procedure on him, and upon returning the animal to his cage, discovered that he had died.
  • In July 2011, a primate had to be euthanized after he was given an overdose of an anesthetic that caused acute kidney failure.
  • In June 2010, a primate was found dead in a cage after it was run through a scalding-hot mechanical cage washer.

What PETA is asking for isn’t unprecedented. Other universities, including the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan, have had to return thousands of dollars in grant money after PETA and others uncovered animal welfare violations. After all, it seems only reasonable that our hard-earned tax dollars shouldn’t be paying for activity that violates the law.

How You Can Help

While the recent deaths of monkeys at Harvard appear to have resulted from carelessness, HMS and NEPRC confine 2,300 other primates and deliberately commit unspeakable horrors against them, such as drilling holes into their skulls and subjecting them to cocaine addiction experiments. Ask the NIH to stop funding this cruelty at Harvard and elsewhere.

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  • karin v. says:

    Urge NIH to Yank Harvard Funding After Monkey Deaths

  • Sadaist says:

    Sick. And I’m not even a vegetarian or fan of PETA much. Just came here because I was sickened by Donald Trumps sons. Never too late to change my ways right? Tired of seeing death. More tired of causing it.

  • Graham says:

    I believe humans and the earth needs all these fantastic creatures to survive, wether you believe in creation or evolution its clear they are here for a reason. When they are gone we will be next, what a shame humans can be so stupid!

  • Cpt.Sparkles says:

    stop animal testing

  • Holly says:

    Obviously stupidity lives at Harvard. No one ever said people who work or teach at Harvard are intelligent. Seems they are brainless to me. Do to the people in these ‘research’ labs as they do to the primates. This will stop the murders and tortures of innocent animals.

  • bernd says:

    shame on that cruel research

  • Therese says:

    I thought colleges were for intelligent students taught by intelligent lecturers. Seems I was wrong as performing experiments on animals is a practice based back in the stone-age. Shame on Harvard & shame on all the other Universities/Colleges that take part in this disgusting torture!! The students themselves should make a stand & call for a ban on animal experimentation.

  • joy says:

    I can’t sign this petition because I don’t live in the US, but I am as appalled as any of you that this unnecessary barbarism occurs anywhere.

  • Jazmin says:

    Poor animals, the human been should esperiment with theirself if they want to know the reactions of anything…. :(

  • Matthew Randall says:

    The torture of these beautiful animals needs to stop. There are other methods that dont involve this insane cruelty to innocent animals. The people doing this work are clearly incompetant if they cant perform basic tasks such as the provision of water.

  • amanda Mccoy says:

    not even the basic care. unbelievable.

  • tots says:

    they couldn’t even be bothered to pause for maybe a minute and fill a bottle with water. what is wrong with these people? i’m not involved and I can’t sleep at night! so how can they? knowing they caused the death of these poor animals!

  • Lessie says:

    Only noninvasive experiments should be used (the kind of tests you or your own pet would be willing to go through) and any animal that is kept needs a propper enclosure which mimics their natural habbitat and where they are able have room to run about, and play, and to have natural socialization with others and also have enrichment oppertunities. keeping social animals in solitary confinement, or any creature in a cage that is way too small causes seriouse mental and physical health issues. these issues don’t make for very good controlls in a science experiment setting.

  • Lin Month says:

    Sayeth the LORD: I have created all manner of creatures and man shall not be alone on the earth. I command that they know not fear or pain in his care.

  • Lyb says:

    Inexcusable there is no need to torture any animal in the name of science. It’s just barbaric.

  • Joannechuvalo says:

    Makes me sick..should be charged..INSANE

  • Annemieke says:

    Stop this insanity!!

  • Fran Bosset says:

    lack of professional knowledge, cruel, unnecessary experiements on poor sweet animals,teachers and students should stop doing what they are unable to perform, shame on you all

  • Itziar Antonana says:

    a Shame

  • Disgusted by Heartlessness says:

    I understand there may be some legitimate reasons for some animal testing but when it crosses the boarder from considerate testing to barbaric, we humans have just displayed how heartless and depraved our minds are. I want this to end NOW!

  • Marco Schuler says:

    How can you even CAGE these intelligent creatures? And for that matter how hard is it to fill a water bottle? What has happened to this sad world?! Inexcusable.

  • Shelia says:

    Stop!!!!!!! The murder and toture of these animals

  • Sid says:

    We need to stop urgently such horrors ! people are murders if they go on experimenting on animals in terrible and unacceptable conditions.

  • Tina Del Grande says:

    Please stop this cruelty. How can anyone involved sleep at night. They will suffer in the end. Karma will kick in sooner or later. This is total evil.

  • annie says:

    How dare you neglect the monkey. Stop animal abuse now. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Jeana says:

    No living, feeling, breathing creature deserves this. Especially a primate who is so aware of what is happening. What you are doing is cruel, heartless, and lacks any sort of conscience or accountability. Shame on you!

  • Padraig says:

    It is shocking that in this facility there could be such wanton indifference toward the well-being of an animal, such callous disregard to suffering, that they would leave an animal locked in a cage with no access to water until the animal dies of thirst. This is animal abuse and should be prosecuted. The NIH should not support this facility with funding or any other kind of support. To do so is deeply immoral.

  • nina 03 says:

    money & power are the fuel for barbaries & crimes against animals in the name of science.science is not a new “concentration camps” where all kind of poor creatures get to be tortured! who in the name of god gives you the right????????? STOP THE MADNESS

  • RAKELITAS says:

    STOP CRUELTY!!!!! :´(

  • elena coronin says:

    It’s a shame that in a University people treat animal without the respect they need!

  • jbdean says:

    Here we have an education system as revered as they come … one whose diploma thousands of young and old dream of hanging on their wall. Yet here we also have people that obviously lack the basic knowledge that “water = life.” How anyone could stand by and not give an animal, locked in a cage with no means to take care of himself, the basic sustenance of food and water is beyond unacceptable and beyond ignorant. To die of thirst is a HORRIBLE way to die. The brain begins to hallucinate, the mouth cracks and the tongue swells, the panic in the mind is beyond comprehension. This animal’s death was nothing short of torture. Criminal charges should be brought against Harvard and all animal testing should be discontinued FOREVER as it is archaic and unreliable.

  • viel says:

    Una vez mas asesinando de una u otra manera.

  • Sylvie Sauvage says:

    !!!!STOP!!!!!Les animaux méritent notre respect. Nous nous DEVONS en tant qu’êtres “humains” de les protéger et non les faire souffrir!!

  • Anna Nersesian says:

    How can you even CAGE these intelligent creatures? And for that matter how hard is it to fill a water bottle? What has happened to this sad world?! Inexcusable.

  • Nadine Erkens says:

    Please stop executing these barbaric Acts against primates. Aninmal experimentation is outdated. Please stop it

  • Lsa says:

    All we need to do who have a heart is look at Milo and know is this is soo soo wrong

  • Ilona says:

    Stop that!!! Every Animal have a Soul.

  • Rat King says:

    This crime is a big shame for humanity – and exactly for this reason I’m against the great ape protection bill because – get it or not – once and for all – ALL PRIMATES AND ALL ANIMALS HAVE TO BE PROTECTED FROM SUCH HORROR! Humanity has to stop it’s dangerous criminal attitude! But it seams that the human being is making progress only in technology – but the education of the heart is not improving – it merely got lost!

    Again: no speciesism – all animals have to be treated in the same way – this means: stop this shameful criminal abuse – humanity – it is enough now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Giselle says:

    Please Stop executing these barbaric acts against primates. Animal experimentation is outdated!!!!

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