Target: Director of the New England Primate Research Center, Ronald Desrosiers, PhD
Goal: Send the primates used at Harvard Medical School to sanctuaries instead of to other labs when the Primate Research Center closes down
Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center has been at the middle of an animal abuse controversy for months. After the negligent deaths of four primates, the school has announced that the Primate Research Center will be closing down due to economic reasons. Some speculate that it is simply to end the controversy.
Before this announcement, the Research Center was being investigated by the USDA for evidence that the facility violated the Animal Welfare Act–a serious offense that comes with a hefty fine. The Primate Center will close within the next 24 months.
Primates living in the Center now have the opportunity to finally be free, but Harvard has announced that it plans to send the 2,000 monkeys to other laboratories across the country. There are a variety of shelters and sanctuaries all over the world that the primates could be sent to, and they deserve to be sent to safe, healthy places. They were cruelly used for testing, and after their years at Harvard, they have the right to live in peace and freedom.
Sanctuary owners have noted that there is plenty of room for new primate occupants in their facilities, so there is no excuse for Harvard to not send their animals to a safe home. Demand that Harvard sends their primates to sanctuaries, instead of to labs where they will endure more testing.
Dear Director Desrosiers,
As the New England Primate Research Center begins closing down, it is imperative that the NEPRC takes into account the needs of the 2,000 primates living in the facility. After the recent scandals that have plagued the NEPRC since 2010, this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to prove that the NEPRC and Harvard Medical School are dedicated to animal rights, and are seeking to correct past mistakes. As the Center closes, a variety of options become available. It has already been announced that the primates will be sent to other labs, but consider the other, more humane option. The primates, who have already been forced to undergo testing and research procedures, could easily be sent to a number of sanctuaries across the country, where they could live in peace and safety.
There is no need to send these animals out to experience more distress in other laboratories. By sending them to sanctuaries, NEPRC will help to heal its reputation, and that of Harvard Medical School. Also, thousands of animals will be able to live the healthy, peaceful lives that they deserve. These animals have had to live unnatural, stressful lives in a research facility, and it is only right that this opportunity is taken and they are sent to sanctuaries.
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