Campus or Crime Scene? PETA’s ‘Dead Monkeys’ to Haunt UW President’s Speech

For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2022

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Seattle – On Friday, during homecoming week at the University of Washington (UW), PETA supporters wearing monkey masks and covered with “blood” will lie on the ground inside chalk outlines of monkeys. This “crime scene” will draw attention to the school’s Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), where experimenters cut into endangered monkeys’ bodies and infect them with deadly pathogens.

When:    Friday, October 14, 3:30 p.m.

Where:    University of Washington, at the western entrance to The HUB, 4001 E. Stevens Way N.E., Seattle

The action will coincide with UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s keynote lecture and alert attendees to the WaNPRC’s multiple violations of federal animal protection laws as well as state laws designed to protect public health. UW was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a monkey strangled to death. Days-old monkeys have been mutilated and killed by other caged and stressed primates, and monkeys have died from veterinary errors and even from choking on their own vomit. Zoonotic pathogens have infected endangered pig-tailed macaques in UW’s Arizona breeding colony.

“The University of Washington is a crime scene where vulnerable monkeys have been mutilated, strangled, starved, and killed in an underground laboratory, despite laws designed to protect them,” says PETA Senior Science Advisor Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel. “PETA is calling on UW to end its cruel, archaic experiments and embrace cutting-edge, animal-free research methods.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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