Many primates are caged in facilities owned by the federal government. Over 7500 are imprisoned within the laborat... ories of the National Institutes of Health. The Department of Defense incarcerates over 1600. Other federal agencies also use primates in experimentation including NASA, USDA, FDA, and the CDC. And animal dealers who sell primates to labs lock away 7000 - 10000. Over 20,000 primates are imported to the U.S. for experimentation every year.
Many of these primates experience horrible conditions. Recent government documentation has revealed primates dying of dehydration, starvation, hypothermia, heat stress, being boiled alive in cage washers, wasting diseases, hepatitis, encephalitis, and many other severe illnesses.
The experiments to which these intelligent animals are subjected are extremely cruel. Many primates are confined to restraint chairs for many hours. Others suffer through the throes of withdrawal from addictive drugs. Devices are often literally bolted to the skulls of primates using steel screws. Infants are ripped away from their mothers and driven insane. This list of cruelties only scratches the surface.
National Primate Liberation Week will take place October 16th - October 24th. Please help fight for the chimpanzees, rhesus monkeys, spider monkeys, marmosets, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, owl monkeys, and all the other innocent primates confined in laboratories. Help us end their abuse!
In Portland, we will be targeting OHSU's National Primate Research Center, which houses over 4,200 primates and has been fined for numerous USDA violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
There will be various ways to get involved throughout the week, ranging from education to outreach to action. As the week nears, more details will be released.
Please join us!