PETA Files NIH Complaint Against the University of Wisconsin–Madison After Recent Violations

For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Madison, Wis. – Please see the following statement by PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s recent critical violations of animal welfare regulations:

Instead of citing the University of Wisconsin–Madison for violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture should shut the school’s laboratories down. UW’s staff are so incompetent that they can’t even keep monkeys safe—two escapes resulted in serious injuries to these severely stressed primates. PETA has filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health, which awarded the university $367 million last year. These violations follow a long history of bad behavior in the university’s laboratories. PETA’s 2020 undercover investigation into the school’s primate research center yielded damning video footage and photographs that show highly intelligent monkeys who have been deprived of basic necessities, treated with cruelty and contempt, and driven mad by extreme long-term confinement.

PETA is calling on the university to modernize its research program by banning cruel experiments on animals and using only sophisticated, human-relevant research methods instead, as outlined in PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.

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