PETA Monkey Defenders to Swarm University of Washington

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Seattle – On Saturday, a group of PETA supporters will cart a larger-than-life monkey statue—bearing over 236,000 petition signatures—first to the University of Washington’s (UW) Red Square and later to the Kirkland home of UW’s dean of the School of Pharmacy, Sean D. Sullivan, calling on university officials to close down the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). Sullivan is the principle investigator on the federal grant that funds the facility.

When:    Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m.

Where:    UW’s Red Square, 4063 Spokane Ln., Seattle

When:    Saturday, June 12, 2 p.m.

Where:    Sullivan’s home

The WaNPRC is under investigation by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and its funder, the National Institutes of Health, for gross violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. It has produced zero marketable vaccines, yet it’s responsible for the suffering and deaths of thousands of monkeys from strangulation, dehydration, starvation, being mauled by other stressed monkeys, and veterinary mistakes—in violation of animal protection laws. See video footage here revealing how some of the monkeys at the WaNPRC live.

“The primate center’s experiments on caged, distraught, and diseased monkeys do not translate into improved human health,” says PETA Senior Science Adviser Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, who used to work at the facility. “PETA urges UW to follow Harvard University’s example and shutter this pit of primate despair.”

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