Protesters to Hold Candlelight Vigil for 5,900 Monkeys Caged At OHSU

PETA Members Will Pay Tribute to and Call For Release of Primates Used in Cruel Taxpayer-Funded Experiments

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Beaverton, Ore. – On Tuesday, in honor of World Week for Animals in Laboratories, PETA supporters will gather with candles and hold a silent vigil for the more than 5,900 monkeys used for experiments and breeding at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), which is operated by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Since the beginning of 2017, OHSU has racked up 12 separate citations for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including six “critical” violations, more than any other university in the U.S. during this same time period.

When:    Tuesday, April 23, 5 p.m.

Where:    Protesters will meet at the southwest corner of Walker Road and N.W. 185th Avenue and then march to the ONPRC at 505 N.W. 185th Ave., Beaverton.

“Government inspections have repeatedly found neglect and abuse at OHSU’s monkey prison,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA’s candlelight vigil will call on this notoriously incompetent laboratory to stop terrorizing monkeys in useless, wasteful experiments.”

The protest follows a lawsuit filed by PETA against OHSU to compel it to release video footage of taxpayer-funded experiments that involve impregnating macaque monkeys, feeding the mothers various experimental diets, separating them from their offspring, and deliberately frightening the young monkeys. Other experiments at the facility include ones in which monkeys are forced to eat lard and addicted to nicotine and alcohol.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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