Oct 6, 2021
A former primate researcher turned into an animal activist when she saw how monkeys were dying at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) at the University of Washington, Seattle. It wasn't from the research. The monkeys arrived sick after being bred in the WaNPRC breeding facility in Arizona. Documents obtained by PETA show the site was contaminated with Valley fever, and was 500 meters from another toxic waste site. Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel worked at WaNPRC for 14 years and tried to tell her bosses. But they ignored her. Jones-Engel left, and came to work for PETA. Her research was used in an investigative piece by USA Today (Oct. 5, 2021) that showed WaNPRC violated state and federal laws and didn't care about the health and well-being of the monkeys in the breeding colony.
Jones-Engel tells Emil Guillermo that the Department of Health and Human Services should shut down both WaNPRC in Seattle and the Arizona breeding facility for providing toxic monkeys to be used in NIH-funded research.
Shut down the lab and the six other national primate centers in the U.S.
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