PETA is asking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to
take back money awarded to the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF)
for cruel experiments on monkeys in which federal animal welfare laws were
repeatedly violated.

Lack of Care for
Animals—and the Law

In 2011, federal inspectors cited UCSF for two violations of
animal welfare laws over the school’s abuse of a monkey named Petra, who is
pictured below:

Photo: PETA via USDA

UCSF was cited for continuing to torment Petra in a cruel
brain experiment for nearly two years despite her deteriorating health and for
failing to remove surgically implanted hardware from Petra’s skull, as the experimenters
were required to do.

Internal UCSF records obtained by PETA reveal that Petra
developed a terrible bacterial infection in the wound where her head was cut
open. She rapidly began to lose weight, circled endlessly in her cage, and ripped
out her own hair—a common behavior in primates imprisoned in laboratories.
Primates are highly social animals, but in laboratories, they are often
isolated in small stainless-steel cages as Petra was. As a result, they suffer
from severe depression and boredom. 

UCSF Pockets Money, but
Petra Pays the Price

NIH policy prohibits spending grant money on experiments that
violate federal animal welfare laws. Yet NIH awarded UCSF more than $2.1
million just during the period when Petra was abused, so PETA is urging NIH to
demand the return of these funds.

What You Can Do

Please contact the NIH and ask that they demand UCSF
repay funds awarded during the period when experimenters violated the law by
abusing Petra. Are animals like Petra suffering in your school’s
laboratories? Help save animals from misery and death in experiments by urging your alma mater to stop experimenting on animals.

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Article source: PETA Files

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