Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Service
Goal: Close animal testing facility that has faced dozens of animal neglect complaints in the past few years.
Animal rights groups have filed several complaints against an animal testing laboratory at the Oregon Health & Science University. Rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now has demanded United States Department of Agriculture investigations into cases of monkeys sustaining deadly injuries after either escaping from their enclosures or being caught on objects placed inside their cages. According to the group, these deaths were due to neglect and could have easily been avoided.
The Oregon National Primate Research Center in the Oregon Health & Science University has faced several complaints in the past about the welfare of the animals in its laboratories. In a span of only two years, the institution has received warnings about heating pads burning monkeys, monkeys dying due to respiratory distress, and 27 animals that were killed or severely injured in fights. In 2012, the university was fined $12,000 for Animal Welfare Act violations that caused the deaths of several monkeys.
Despite the fact that the Oregon Health & Science University has been named in dozens of animal neglect and cruelty cases in past years, it continues to operate. According to Nancy Haigwood, director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, these types of accidents are unavoidable due to the nature of the wild primates.
If it is impossible to prevent these cruel and unnecessary deaths, the facility should be closed altogether. Until the Oregon National Primate Research Center receives appropriate fines and punishment for its cruelty, the neglect and deaths will continue. Sign the petition below to demand that the facility is closed permanently for its repeated and ongoing animal cruelty.
Dear Administrator Kevin Shea,
The Oregon National Primate Research Center at the Oregon Health & Science University is facing several allegations of animal neglect. An animal rights group is alleging that monkeys have died after choking on toys in their cages and being injured after escaping their enclosures. In past years, a flurry of similar complaints have been launched against the institution for its treatment of animals.
Until the Oregon Health & Science University is properly reprimanded for its repeated neglect and cruelty, animals will continue to suffer and die. We, the undersigned, demand that the facility is closed permanently and that the monkeys are placed with rescue operations.
[Your Name Here]
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