Seven baby monkeys were accidentally poisoned and died in one of the largest primate research centers in the US, internal documents shared with the Guardian were revealed.
The young macaques died after their mothers were labeled with paint at the University of California, Davis, a research lab for primates
Once assembled with their children, female macaques accidentally transferred the paint that had been toxic to them. Seven of the children who were not more than a few weeks old ̵
Both children had "severe swelling and swelling of the larynx and tongue," and despite the emergency treatment they died. The remaining dead babies are "found dead or euthanized on arrival at the hospital." All seven of them had some skin, skin, or around the mouth, which probably caused a deadly allergic reaction. not to be marked with paint and that mothers and babies have to behave separately for longer to minimize the transfer of markings. Correspondence was issued under the Freedom of Information Act.
Tragedy is the last blow to UC Davis's primate research operation, one of the largest in the country. The University said there are about 4200 primates, mostly rhesus macaques, which it retains for HIV / AIDS, Zea virus and other infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, reproductive health, Alzheimer's disease and aging. UC Davis is among the nine federation-funded research centers that have been investigated for the abuse of primates. In March of the same year, a primate broke both legs after escaping through an unsafe door in the facility, and subsequently, after another such incident, another primate was injured.
UC Davis was targeted by animal rights activists for these incidents, an episode of 2005 when seven monkeys died of apparent heat exposure. Subsequently, the US Department of Agriculture awarded the University a fine of $ 4,815.
The latest deaths show that "seven child rhesus monkeys aged one to 19 days were forcibly removed from their mothers, physically examined, and tattooed. there was drawn blood stained with irritating capacity and then went back to the anesthetized and unresponsive mothers, "says John Gluck, an academician and a former primate researcher.
Intensive provocation of stress will not put these children at risk? Negligence is the word I will use. "
An antispyware society in New England, which wants UAV Davis and other facilities to reduce the number of primates used for research, said it had written to the USDA request to be a fined university. $ 70,000 over deaths of mother monkeys.
"This is 2019, and we can no longer deny science that the non-human primates suffer as we would and we will feel pain as we do," said Mike Ryan, Head of Government Affairs at
"The invasive and deadly experiments of primates that are abused in cages for their entire lives must end."
The US government has limited some primate studies in recent years, with National Institutes of Health announced in 2015 that it will no longer fund biomedical research on chimpanzees. Faced with serious public opposition to primate testing, some facilities, such as Harvard, dropped their programs and sent monkeys and monkeys to shrines.
However, primate testing in the United States is far from over. year shows nearly 76,000 primates in captivity for scientific purposes. Supporters of primate testing claim that it is essential to find new treatments for diseases that affect people. prisoners are held in extended family groups, receive regular medical examinations, and can live up to 38 years, doubling the expected life in nature.
OK Davis usually uses paints to identify individual primates, but after the death of babies, "center employees have changed their procedures so they no longer paint monkeys under six months of age and take other steps to minimize the transfer of paint" , the spokesman said.