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WHITEWASH: Two more monkeys die in ‘tragic accident’ at controversial OHSU primate research facility

A lab technician put a rack of monkey cages into a cage-washing machine and started it, killing the two adult rhesus macaques still locked in one of the cages.

K.RAMBO: Two more monkeys have died at the controversial OHSU Oregon National Primate Research Center in what researchers described as a “tragic accident” in an internal email obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive…

A technician put a 6-foot-tall rack of monkey cages into a cage-washing machine and started it without realizing two adult rhesus macaques, often referred to as rhesus monkeys, were still locked in one of the top cages on Aug. 13. The mistake resulted in the death of both monkeys. One had been in the facility for 12 years, the other for 18 years…

OHSU’s use of animals in testing, particularly monkeys, has been the subject of lawsuits, complaints and protests for years. Stop Animal Exploitation Now, based in Ohio, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2019 after the death of a primate.

“OHSU’s death toll continues to climb without pause,” Michael Budkie, executive director of the animal welfare group, said in a statement at the time. “This laboratory has reached new heights of fatal incompetence.”

In October 2018, the animal rights group PETA asked the USDA to shut down animal testing at OHSU and in 2019, PETA sued OHSU. A Multnomah County judge ordered the facility to turn over footage of experiments being done last month…

The university keeps roughly a half-million animals for research, mostly rodents and fish. Nearly 5,000 primates are housed at the research center in Beaverton, where researchers conduct a wide range of animal research, including treatment for alcoholism, cardiovascular disease… and tuberculosis. SOURCE…

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