PETA Statement Regarding Injured Monkeys at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

San Antonio

Texas Biomed’s sloppy animal care has—once again—led to the injury of animals. A just-posted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection report from April 2, 2018, reveals that two macaque monkeys were seriously hurt after an employee failed to secure a latch properly on the divider between the monkeys’ cages. The ink had barely dried on this latest report when four baboons escaped from the facility on April 14. The USDA is now looking into PETA’s complaint regarding the negligence that led to this widely reported escape and put Texas Biomed’s own staff, the public, and nonhuman primates at risk. In light of this new revelation and Texas Biomed’s long history of negligence, mistreatment, and sheer incompetence, PETA reiterates that the facility should close its laboratory and release all primates to a sanctuary immediately.

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