For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2023
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7381
Portland, Ore. – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding the citation posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Oregon Health & Science University after the death of an infant monkey, prompted by an earlier PETA complaint:
The citation that the U.S. Department of Agriculture handed to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)—only at PETA’s insistence—after an infant monkey was crushed to death in front of his frantic mother is not justice. It is, absolutely, the very least the federal government could do.
A citation won’t bring back the baby monkey who endured a gruesome death or atone for the trauma his mother experienced while watching a heavy steel door unsecured by inattentive staff come crashing down on the infant, causing injuries that proved fatal. This tragedy is just one in a horrific and tiresome continuum in which animals have suffered because of OHSU’s utter contempt for even minimal animal welfare regulations.
OHSU should take this citation as the latest sign that it needs to modernize its laboratories and get out of the cruel and worthless animal experimentation business. We urge officials there to adopt PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.
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