April 19, 2001, Amy MacCausland received the medical records for
monkey J90299, the nonhuman primate who is closely connected to
her through her Primate Freedom Tag. She forwarded the medical records
to Primate Freedom Project. They were studied and translated into
this story form. We extend a special thank you to Amy for her persistence
and concern for J90299. Because of her, his story can be told.
J90299 was born on September 18, 1990 at Medical Lake, Washington,
once a human prison. Medical Lake was remodeled and used as a primate-breeding
center for a number of years. It is now abandoned. One can only
imagine the horror that those walls have seen.
At birth, J90299 weighed little more than a pound. His mother rejected
him when he was only two days old. He was treated for bites and
abrasions to his face. He was sent to the Washington Regional Primate
Research Center in Seattle.
For eight months, he was held alone in a cage. In the wild, macaques
live in dynamic social groups and interact with a complex and rich
environment. This solitary confinement was a lonely and stressful
On J90299's first birthday he was placed in a "group (cage
or room)," where he remained for four years.
He was removed from the group and treated for a traumatic injury
to his second finger. He was discharged and returned to the group
on January 4, 1996. But he didn't remain there for long.
On February 2, 1996 he was again removed from his group and placed
in a cage by himself. Then on the 15th was put on a truck for shipment
to another lab.
But J90299 wasn't sent anywhere, and instead, on the 15th he was
taken off the truck and placed in a single animal cage, sick with
diarrhea. He spent the last 3 ½ years of his life caged all
alone. During this time he suffered acute inflammation of the mucous
membranes of his eye, mouth, and nose. He endured an apicoectomey,
the removal of an infection from the tip of the tooth root (similar
to a root canal), and then on September 8, 1999, J90299 was killed.
He was 8.97 years old. His death was described as "Euthanasia,
experimental." He weighed only seven pounds.
During his short, lonely life, J90299:
was rejected by his mother;
was moved 44 times;
had blood drawn 15 times;
spent over four years alone in a cage; and
The people who "used" him were:
Jeffery Wine, and
May they someday awaken to the suffering of their subjects and work
to put an end to this cruel "science."
If this report disturbs you at all, please voice your concern to:
Letters to the Editor
Seattle Post Intelligencer
P.O. Box 1909, Seattle WA 98111-1909
Dick McCormick, President
University of Washington
Office of the President
301 Gerberding Hall
Seattle, Washington 98195-1230
Phone: (206) 543-5010
US Senator Maria Cantwell
717 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3441
US Senator Patty Murray
173 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
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