PETA ‘Primate’ to Protest UW Torture on First Day of Class

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Seattle – Tomorrow, a group of PETA supporters—including one dressed as Dorothy, a monkey who was exploited at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) until her frail, diseased body collapsed—will descend on the University of Washington (UW) campus on the first day of class with the message “New to Campus? Torturing Monkeys Isn’t.” Another protester will wear a TV showing footage of the university’s experiments on monkeys.

When:    Wednesday, September 29, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where:    UW’s Red Square in front of Suzzallo Library

“The WaNPRC’s actions have been hidden from students and faculty for too long—and they need to know the truth,” says PETA Senior Science Advisor Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, a primate scientist and former UW professor. “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.

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