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These are life stories of primates held in U.S. primate laboratories. They are based on documents obtained from the labs.
Clint Chimpanzee
Dover Chimpanzee
Sellers Chimpanzee
Tottie Chimpanzee
3566 Rhesus Macaque
PWc2 Rhesus Macaque
Unknown Rhesus Macaque
YN70-119 Chimpanzee
YN73-125 Gorilla
YN74-17 Chimpanzee
YN74-68 Chimpanzee
YN78-109 Chimpanzee
YN79-33 Chimpanzee
YN81-124 Chimpanzee
YN86-37 Squirrel Monkey
13447 Rhesus Macaque
13481 Rhesus Macaque
14326 Rhesus Macaque
20213 Rhesus Macaque
20229 Rhesus Macaque D
20233 Rhesus Macaque
20247 Rhesus Macaque
20253 Rhesus Macaque
20346 Rhesus Macaque
18714 Crab-eating Macaque
20629 Rhesus Macaque
22114 Crab-eating Macaque
23915 Crab-eating Macaque
23954 Squirrel Monkey
23993 Squirrel Monkey
23997 Squirrel Monkey
24005 Squirrel Monkey
24013 Squirrel Monkey
24557 Crab-eating Macaque
24605 Crab-eating Macaque
24974 Rhesus Macaque
24994 Rhesus Macaque
25142 Crab-eating Macaque
25157 Crab-eating Macaque
25205 Crab-eating Macaque
25250 Crab-eating Macaque
25274 Rhesus Macaque
25281 Rhesus Macaque
25412 Crab-eating Macaque
25809 Squirrel Monkey
27276 Crab-eating Macaque
27306 Rhesus Macaque
28092 Crab-eating Macaque
28098 Crab-eating Macaque
28100 Crab-eating Macaque
28104 Crab-eating Macaque
28109 Crab-eating Macaque
28114 Crab-eating Macaque
28545 Squirrel Monkey
28562 Squirrel Monkey
28796 Crab-eating Macaque
30749 Crab-eating Macaque
30755 Crab-eating Macaque
30813 Rhesus Macaque
30914 Rhesus Macaque
30916 Rhesus Macaque
30983 Rhesus Macaque
31031 Rhesus Macaque
34273 Crab-eating Macaque
34274 Crab-eating Macaque
34275 Crab-eating Macaque
34276 Crab-eating Macaque
34278 Crab-eating Macaque
34279 Crab-eating Macaque
34280 Crab-eating Macaque
34281 Crab-eating Macaque
cj0233 Common Marmoset
cj0453 Common Marmoset D
cj0495 Common Marmoset
cj0506 Common Marmoset
cj1654 Common Marmoset
Piotr Rhesus Macaque
rhaf72 Rhesus Macaque
rhao45 Rhesus Macaque
Rh1890 Rhesus Macaque
R80180 Rhesus Macaque
R87083 Rhesus Macaque
R89124 Rhesus Macaque
R89163 Rhesus Macaque
R90128 Rhesus Macaque
R91040 Rhesus Macaque
R93014 Rhesus Macaque
S93052 Rhesus Macaque
R95054 Rhesus Macaque D
R95065 Rhesus Macaque D
R95076 Rhesus Macaque D
R95100 Rhesus Macaque
R96108 Rhesus Macaque
R97041 Rhesus Macaque
R97082 Rhesus Macaque
R97111 Rhesus Macaque
Response from Jordana Lenon, public relations manager for WNPRC. Citizens' requests Lenon refused to answer.
A03068 Rhesus Macaque
A98056 Pig-tailed Macaque
A92025 Baboon
F91396 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J90153 Pig-tailed Macaque
J90266 Pig-tailed Macaque
J90299 Crab-eating Macaque
J91076 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J91386 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J91398 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J92068 Pig-tailed Macaque
J92349 Pig-tailed Macaque D
J92476 Pig-tailed Macaque
B15A Vervet
788E Rhesus Macaque
9382 Vervet
1984-016 Vervet
1991-016 Vervet
1992-015 Vervet
1994-014 Vervet
1994-046 Vervet
1994-087 Vervet
1995-046 Vervet
1995-101 Vervet
1996-022 Vervet
MCY24525 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24540 Crab-eating Macaque
OIPM-007 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24525 Crab-eating Macaque
MCY24540 Crab-eating Macaque
UNC-Chapel Hill
3710 Squirrel Monkey
Ashley Chimpanzee
Karla Chimpanzee
Tyson Chimpanzee
Snoy Chimpanzee
Maurice p1 Maurice p2 Chimpanzee
Hercules Chimpanzee
Jerome Chimpanzee
Ritchie Chimpanzee
Rex Chimpanzee
Topsey Chimpanzee
B.G. Chimpanzee
Dawn Chimpanzee
BamBam Chimpanzee
Dixie Chimpanzee
Ginger Chimpanzee
Kelly Chimpanzee
Lennie Chimpanzee
Kist Chimpanzee
Peg Chimpanzee
Aaron Chimpanzee
Chuck Chimpanzee
James Chimpanzee
Alex Chimpanzee
Muna Chimpanzee
Wally Chimpanzee
#1028 Chimpanzee
Lippy Chimpanzee
#1303 Chimpanzee
#CA0127 Chimpanzee
Shane Chimpanzee
196 Baboon
The Fauna Foundation Chimpanzees
Center for Biologics Evaluation
Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham

Univ. of Minnesota

00FP8 Long-tailed Macaque
312E Rhesus Macaque
9711B Rhesus Macaque
99IP61 Long-tailed Macaque
CDC-Column E 2002


I write to remind readers of the history of lying in public, to the public, by Joseph Kemnitz and the staff of the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center. The letter from Dr. Kemnitz that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal is misleading. It is my opinion that the lies told by Dr. Kemnitz are - and always have been - calculated to deceive the public and lawmakers and probably have been discussed ahead of time with the public relations staff. Dr. Kemnitz seems rather ordinary in this regard. The industry is thoroughly putrid.

Primate Center Research Vital To Biological Studies
Wisconsin State Journal :: OPINION :: B2
Sunday, January 12, 2003
Joseph Kemnitz

Rick Marolt wrote a guest column Jan. 5 criticizing the Wisconsin Primate Research Center at UW-Madison. He claimed that there is insufficient information available to the public about the research that is conducted at the center, that he is unaware of any worthwhile results of our research and that research using primates is cruel. It appears that Marolt has not visited a library, read a newspaper or magazine, or done much Web surfing. Extensive information about our research and primate research more generally is readily available to anyone willing to take a few minutes to look for it.

Dr. Kemnitz begins by misleading readers. Few libraries, no newspapers, few magazines, and few websites offer detailed information on the experiments occurring at in the Wisconsin labs, or in any other primate labs. What is easily found are the repeated and manufactured claims of a "possible breakthrough" for this or that disease or malady. In fact, the details of the experiments and the lives of the animals within Dr. Kemnitz's labs are closely guarded. Requests for documents are routinely denied. See


Our scientists publish about 300 articles a year in professional journals, including widely read general science periodicals such as Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as more specialized biomedical journals. These are available in print form and many are also available on the Web.

Dr. Kemnitz chose to name three of the most well-known and prestigious scientific journals as evidence that the Primate Center's work is widely disseminated, readily available, and easily accessible if only one would "take a few minutes to look for it." But, access to these journals is expensive. Science runs $120 a year, Nature $160, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences $125. Access to the online versions can double these costs. Copies of individual articles can be purchased, commonly, for $15 to $30 apiece. But this is far from the main problem. Even if one has access to these journals through a public library, the papers and articles published in them rarely go into detail about what is actually done to the monkeys, the monkeys' reactions other than those under study, or the required veterinary care subsequent to the procedures. Further, these three well-known journals are not the primary journals in which the monkey vivisectors publish. Many, if not most of the publications are in small-run journals unlikely to appear in most public libraries or even in some university libraries. Subscription costs are often higher than those of the better known and more widely read journals; individual articles generally cost about the same.

If one wanted to read Dr. Kemnitz's publications from the past few years, one would need to consult: the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism; the Medical Science Monitor; the Journal of Nutrition; Hearing Research; The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences; the American Journal of Primatology; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Experimental Gerontology; the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism; and the Journal of Medical Primatology. Dr. Kemnitz has published only rarely, if ever, in Science, Nature or the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Kemnitz's case is the norm for the papers that are published by primate researchers every year.

Our work is also often covered by the media. For example, our research on aging and caloric restriction has been the subject of news programs on commercial television and science series on PBS, articles in National Geographic and Scientific American, and numerous newspaper articles. Exciting progress in stem-cell biology and vaccine development, two other major dimensions of our research program, receives media coverage on almost a daily basis. Our Web sites on primate research were visited more than 10 million times last year.

The WRPRC research on aging has rarely, if ever, been the subject of any television program nor has it been the subject of many, if any, articles in National Geographic or Scientific American. It is true that the research at Wisconsin has been mentioned in such media coverage, but claims that the WRPRC research has been the subject of such coverage is a generous spin on the truth.

We are accountable to our funding sources, and the major source of our research support is provided through the National Institutes of Health. Research grants are highly competitive and are awarded only after extensive review. Formal progress reports are submitted to the NIH, including an overall progress report for the Wisconsin Primate Research Center, and satisfactory performance is necessary for continued support.

This is generally false and misleading. When most people say that they are accountable, they mean that if they fail, they will be replaced or otherwise sanctioned. In fact, the dismal results of experiments on monkeys at labs such as Wisconsin has resulted in additional funding. This is like being a carpenter who receives a bonus for building a house that collapses. With such accountability it is no wonder that millions of dollars are wasted year after year on cruel pseudoscience.

In addition, research protocols undergo multiple reviews before they can be implemented, and our facilities and animal care program are accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, an independent international organization.

Again, Dr. Kemnitz is misleading. The evidence from blinded studies demonstrates that the keystone of the oversight system, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, is a distinct failure. Further, accreditation of vivisection programs by other vivisectors is transparently self-serving.

Marolt was provided with a great deal of information about our research program when he requested it two years ago. He stated in his column that he was unable to understand the information, because it was written in jargon. Our records are written in technical, but not arcane, language, and someone without the appropriate background or a good dictionary might have difficulty understanding them. The lexicon that is used is meant to be precise, not secretive, as Marolt would like the public to believe.

Marolt incorrectly stated that his state representative had asked to visit the center and that I had denied this request. In fact, Rep. Mark Pocan only relayed Marolt's request to tour our facilities with the head of the Alliance for Animals and the regional representative of the Human Society of the United States, two animal rights organizations, and to take photographs during the tour. These organizations have publicly stated their strong opposition to the use of animals in research and I did not feel that such a tour would serve a useful purpose.

I don't know Mr. Marolt, and I don't know what he was sent by the Primate Center. But I do agree with Dr. Kemnizt: "I did not feel that such a tour would serve a useful purpose." If we have to educate the public one person at a time by taking them on a tour of a primate laboratory, the animals in those labs are without hope.

Furthermore, in a climate where investigators here and elsewhere are sent razor blades in the mail and where animal facilities are vandalized or destroyed, it would be irresponsible of me to allow opponents of our program to photograph the layout of our facilities.

This is classic. As Dr. Kemnitz was trying to find a way to get rid of the festering embarrassment of the Vilas monkeys, a young female animal care technician died of a herpes-B virus infection she had contracted from an infant monkey at Yerkes. Soon after her death the Primate Center staff was declaring at county board meetings that zoo monkeys had become a major public health threat - after thirty years of public viewing.

Now, Dr. Kemnitz says that investigators are being sent razor blades in the mail, so no one critical of the Primate Center should be allowed inside with a camera, or even without one apparently.

Primate vivisectors received razor blades in the mail along with a note signed by "The Justice Department." They were given an ultimatum. The date came and went; it had been a bluff. The letters arrived on the heels of the 1999 Primate Freedom Tour. I suspect that two or three teenagers sent the letters. No one was harmed; no one has ever been caught.

The only risk to the Primate Center from allowing critics through the door is the results of their public statements. The animal rights movement is so closely aligned with ahimsa, nonviolence, and intellectualism that violence is seldom seen. This is the reality. Dr. Kemnitz's claims - whether about the potential risk to the public from an obscure monkey disease, to the risk of terrorism resulting from a visit by a Humane Society representative - based on single and clearly anomalous instances - are unscientific and irrational or calculated and dishonest.

We study monkeys to expand our knowledge of primate biology and to develop ways to improve human health and quality of life. We are proud of what we do and continually strive to do an even better job of it.

Kemnitz, Gerone, Smith, King, Hearn, Zola, Insel, Morton, it seems that the directors of the NIH Primate Research Centers have always been of a certain cut of cloth.

The injustice of the primate centers is possible only because of the general ignorance of the citizenry.

For more on WRPRC visit:

Experimentation at Wisconsin
The Dalai Lama Criticizes Monkey Experiments at Wisconsin
The Vilas Debacle
The University of Wisconsin and the Concept of Honesty

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Fayetteville, GA. 30214
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