Local Students to Rattle Cages Over UC-Davis Monkey Deaths

For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2022

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Davis, Calif. – After PETA uncovered records revealing that experimenters at the University of California–Davis caused the deaths of a dozen monkeys—among other incidents that prompted a complaint to the federal government—caged students in monkey masks will soon take over a nearby park and shout down the school for tormenting primates. The action is from Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS), a PETA-backed, youth-led movement for animal liberation.

When:      Saturday, April 30, 11:30 a.m.

Where:    Central Park, 401 C St., Davis

At UC-Davis, an infant rhesus macaque died after suffering from heat stress when a finger became trapped in a perch bar. In addition, staff operated on a severely underweight monkey, who was subsequently killed. Seven infant rhesus macaques died after they tried to nurse and ingested dye that was used to mark their mothers. After receiving a canine distemper/measles vaccine, three titi monkeys developed such severe complications that they had to be euthanized and dozens of others developed lameness, skin and eye inflammation or infections, and other symptoms.

“Baby monkeys have died after overheating, being poisoned, and enduring other horrors at UC-Davis,” says SOS organizer Kara Long. “Together, we’re urging our school to embrace animal-free research instead of caging and killing monkeys.”

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