Nine US research centers that receive millions of dollars in federal funding are being investigated over the mistreatment of primates, prompting calls for the facilities to be shut down.
Incidents include the deaths of dozens of monkeys from strangulation, water deprivation and poor handling by staff. Other primates have died while trying to escape, while others have been injured so badly they required amputations.
Animal welfare campaigners called the litany of allegations against the research organizations “the stuff of nightmares”. The university and private research facilities hold thousands of primates for research and collectively receive more than 0m in taxpayer money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed to GuardianUS that it is investigating the University of Texas, Alpha Genesis, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Primate Products, University of California, Davis, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Emory University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, over potential violations of the Animal Welfare Act.