PETA Files NIH Complaint Against Tulane University After USDA Citation

For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New Orleans – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding a just-posted inspection report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Tulane University for a critical violation of federal animal welfare regulations at the associated Tulane National Primate Research Center. The report documents the suffocation death of a long-tailed macaque—a type of monkey now endangered in nature, largely due to the experimentation industry, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Tulane can’t even follow basic animal care regulations, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture does nothing more in response than issue a citation—a slap on the wrist. This time, a monkey died after her head became trapped between a metal bar and the ceiling of a cage. PETA has filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health, calling on it to turn off the money spigot to the university, which should modernize its research program by leaving cruel and archaic experiments on animals behind and using only sophisticated, human-relevant research methods instead.

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