A seven-month investigation by The Arizona Republic showed that the University of Washington (UW) has been breeding sick monkeys in Arizona on contaminated tribal land next to a toxic waste site. The school has also shipped some of these sick animals to the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) at its Seattle campus and to other laboratories around the country, the outlet reported.
Gruesome pathology reports show that multiple infectious agents and diseases—including trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), coccidioidomycosis (Valley fever), campylobacter, shigella, salmonella, cryptosporidium, tuberculosis, and even cholera—have infected and killed the monkeys housed there.
Moreover, the WaNPRC’s macaque-breeding compound in Mesa is located near the toxic waste site of a leading supplier of ammunition and weapons. Lead, perchlorates, volatile organic compounds, and other contaminates have leeched into the soil and groundwater.
The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research and Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is the institution approving funding for operation of the primate center and its Arizona breeding facility. In the last decade, WaNPRC received more than $135 million from taxpayers.
Please ask the ORIP to stop funding this operation. And please share this alert with your friends, family members, and neighbors.