A video posted on YouTube and a subsequent article in the Arizona Republic has confirmed the tragic reality of what is really happening behind the doors of what was believed to be an old abandoned building that formerly served as a “Monkey Farm.”
Horrifically, it was revealed that monkeys are in fact still present at the dismal Mesa Arizona facility only now they are being used for testing purposes.
According to the report, the site is now a medical research facility that is operated by the University of Washington; one of seven of its kind in the country.
Sadly, 368 pigtail macaques are currently being held hostage at the former chimpanzee sanctuary, The Primate Foundation of Arizona, which had closed down in 2006.
As per Tina Mankowski, a spokesperson for the University of Washington, the Washington National Primate Research Center has been breeding the small monkeys for approximately four years. She explained that the outdoor and indoor air-conditioned facility is manned by approximately 20 veterinarians, techs and others to care for the primates.
Trying to make it sound somewhat pleasant and humane falls on deaf ears of animal advocates who are extremely concerned for the safety and well-being of the monkeys.
While allegedly no research is conducted on site, once bred the monkeys are sent to the University’s Seattle laboratory for research for the National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tragically, the monkeys have been sacrificed for studies that have included color-blindness treatment and remobilization of limbs after paralyzing injuries.
According to the article, the Arizona Republic received internal records from Michael Budkie, co-founder and executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), that confirmed that seven monkeys had died at the facility within the first year that it opened.
The USDA, which confirmed that the breeding facility is licensed and passed its last inspection noted that testing on non-human primates has risen in the United States with a staggering 71,188 monkeys having been used at research facilities last year alone.
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