Giant ‘Monkey’ to Demand Primate Lab’s Closure at Apple Cup

For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2023

Contact:
Tas Bruner 202-483-7382

Seattle – Spectators arriving for the University of Washington (UW) Apple Cup and President’s Pregame Reception on Saturday will be greeted by Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) and PETA supporters, along with a giant “monkey,” who will call for the closure of the school’s Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). At the same time, a disturbing mobile video message featuring sports reporter and influencer Emily Austin will circle the campus and Husky Stadium to expose the horrors inside the WaNPRC.  And this ad telling UW to “stop the monkey business” will run in The Daily’s Game Daily newspaper, which will be handed out during Saturday’s game.

When:      Saturday, November 25, 11:30 a.m.

Where:    Outside University of Washington Station in front of Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd. N.E., Seattle (Please see the Google Maps link here.)

An image from PETA’s mobile message

The federally funded laboratory—where experimenters cut into endangered monkeys’ skulls and infect them with deadly pathogens—is notorious for allowing animals to die from strangulation, dehydration, starvation, choking on their own vomit, and mauling. Last year, UW was forced to pay more than $540,000 in fees, penalties, and interest for trying to keep public records about the disasters inside the WaNPRC’s walls hidden.

“UW fans should know that their tax dollars are paying for the torment and abuse of monkeys in the University of Washington’s primate laboratories,” says NARN Board President Rachel Bjork. “PETA and NARN are calling on UW to close the primate center and switch to superior, animal-free research methods that are relevant to human health.”

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 PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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