PETA ‘Graveyard’ to Protest 9,000 Monkey Deaths at Primate Laboratory

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Seattle – Dressed in funereal black, PETA supporters will set up 90 tombstones near the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) at the University of Washington tomorrow, each one representing 100 of the monkeys killed at the WaNPRC since 1961.

When:    Thursday, April 8, 12 noon

Where:    1205 N.E. Pacific St., Seattle

In addition to the thousands of monkeys intentionally killed in meaningless experiments—which, after 60 years, have failed to produce a single marketable vaccine or cure for deadly human diseases—monkeys at the WaNPRC have died from strangulation, starvation, dehydration, bleeding to death, being mauled by other stressed monkeys, and choking on their own vomit as well as because of veterinary error and negligence.

“The WaNPRC has the blood of 9,000 monkeys on its hands,” says PETA Primatologist Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel. “PETA is calling on UW to close down this cruel laboratory and release the surviving monkeys to reputable sanctuaries where they’d have a chance at enjoying peace, companionship, and proper care at last.”

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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