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Feds Cite Harvard for Cruel Monkey Study; PETA Files NIH Complaint

For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Boston – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Alka Chandna regarding the citations posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Harvard Medical School for its violations of federal animal welfare regulations:

No monkeys are safe at Harvard Medical School, where experimenters are reckless and cruel and don’t even bother to follow their own rules. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just cited Harvard after experimenters overdosed a monkey with an experimental compound. Inspectors also cited Harvard for failure to monitor monkeys who had been denied water that’s doled out in drops so that they’ll cooperate in experiments.

Harvard is also home to notorious monkey experimenter Margaret Livingstone, who has sewn shut the eyelids of infant monkeys in cruel and pointless sensory deprivation experiments that the school also refuses to end.

PETA has filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health, urging it to withdraw funding from the university, which cannot—or will not—maintain even basic standards of care for the animals it cages.

For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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