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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



[The following is a verbatim copy of an official University of California Los Angeles document involving one of the many primates killed by the university.]

Animal Medical Report

May 12, 2000

Vervet monkey I.D. #9382

On May 10, 2000, animal #9382 was scheduled to be used in a study at UCLA. This study required transferring the animal consciously from its vivarium cage, in room [deleted] to a primate transport cage.

The transfer procedure involves securing a primate transport cage at the entrance of the vivarium cage. Next, the vivarium cage squeeze mechanism is engaged in order to position the animal and direct it into the transfer cage.

This transfer procedure was developed and approved by the [deleted] as the primary means for transferring a conscious male Vervet monkey into a transport cage. This procedure has been used successfully for several years at [deleted]. Subsequently, this procedure has been adopted by the UCLA Primate Research personnel and the UCLA Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine. It has been in use here at UCLA successfully for several years without incident.

While transferring animal #9382 from its vivarium cage to the transport cage, the animal began biting the metal vivarium cage. Biting has been observed previously with other Vervet monkeys. After the animal was secured in the transport cage, it was observed that the animal was bleeding from its mouth and was having difficulty opening and closing its mouth. Initially it was believed that the animal had either bitten its tongue or broken a tooth from biting the cage. The animal was then anesthetized and examined by UCLA Veterinarians. It was concluded that the animal had a fractured maxilla. This was very surprising as we did not notice any particular action that resulted in this condition. Furthermore, this was a standard procedure that had been used for several years without any injury to any animal.

We suspect that the animal’s head was either struck by the metal vivarium cage door as he entered the transport cage, or, that he banged his head against the side of the metal vivarium cage before entry into the transport cage.

Upon recommendation of the attending UCLA veterinarians, the animal was euthanized and perfused. Its brain was removed for tissue analysis. This animal brain has been added to our control subject cohort for studies on basal ganglia function in non-human primates.

We have altered our transfer procedure to ensure that this outcome will never occur again. Specifically, if the animal shows any resistance during the transfer procedure, it will be administered a low dose of the anesthetic Ketamine, and then safely transferred into the transport cage. The animal will then be monitored in the procedure location until it has fully recovered from the anesthesia and before participating in any conscious study.

The medical report above, in spite of its claims to the contrary, suggests that the primates used by UCLA are subject to rough treatment, which we believe is a common occurance at such facilities. Daily exposure to suffering has been repeatedly shown to desensitize those exposed regularly to it.

The document was part of a partial response by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to an open records request filed by a UCLA honors student seeking information on the use of primates by her university. A small portion of the information she requested at the beginning of the 2002 school year was released months later only after repeated requests, much determination, and public protest. The university has not released a census of the primates at the university.

This report has brought to light a facility hitherto overlooked by us. The name of the facility seems to vary depending upon the source of the information. It is referred to variously as: the Vervet Research Center, the Sepulveda Valley Nonhuman Primate Research Facility, the UCLA-VA Vervet Monkey Research Colony (VMRC), or simply, the Sepulveda Primate Facility.

It is located next to, and administratively associated with, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, California.

Documents from UCLA suggest that there are at least 500, and perhaps more than 700, vervets held there. Infant mortality is said to be high, but is offset by the larger number of births. The population is increasing.

Vervets at UCLA's VMRC

The medical record above was included among documents associated with UCLA researcher William P. Melega, PhD. UCLA received $341,097 in FY 01/02 from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support Mr. Melega's research. The funded project was begun in 1997 and is marked for funding through March 2005. At the end of the period, his research will have generated over $1.5 million for UCLA.

Mr. Melega studies the long-term effects of methamphetamine injections in vervets.

"The results will show that in nonhuman primates ... [the effects of methamphetamine] ... are only partially reversible..."
W.P. Melega.

To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Melega is the only scientist in the world who has, or is, using vervets in methamphetamine experiments. This single point exposes the myth that a particular animal species is chosen as an experimental model for any reason other than accessibility. Further, it mocks a foundation of scientific investigation, reproducibility, since vervets are uncommon in primate labs.

More disturbing is the fact that experiments underway across the nation are studying the effects of methamphetamine on the brains of human methamphetamine users. This makes the information gained by Mr. Melega even less valuable.

#9382, rest in peace.

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