NIH Suspends Federal Contracts With Primate Products Following PETA Exposé

September 30, 2015

Following PETA’s eight-month eyewitness investigation of Primate Products, Inc. (PPI), a company that imports monkeys and sells them to laboratories, federal authorities cited it for more than 27 serious animal-welfare violations related to inadequate veterinary care, neglect, violent handling, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and monkeys’ physical and psychological suffering. The damning evidence from PETA’s investigation and from multiple federal inspections also compelled the National Institutes of Health—which has spent millions in tax dollars acquiring monkeys to infect and mutilate in experiments as well as primate restraint equipment and other products from PPI and arranged for the company to maintain a colony of monkeys at its facility—to take the rare step of suspending its contracts with PPI.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind