An Ohio-based animal rights group will protest at Harvard University
Saturday, demanding that the school relocate the monkeys from its Primate
Research Center in Southborough to sanctuaries.
"Due to Harvard's
negligence, Harvard's profiteering from primate experimentation, and the
pain and suffering inflicted on primates by Harvard, Harvard has an
obligation to release these victims and provide for their care," Michael
Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now! wrote in a
letter to the school. "The primates who have already suffered so much at
Harvard's Southborough facility will now endure additional agony through
further experimentation is simply unacceptable. These primates deserve a
future free from any future pain, suffering, deprivation, or neglect."
Harvard announced earlier this week it plans to shutter the facility,
which the federal government was investigating following the deaths of four
monkeys in the last several years.
School officials have said the
approximately 2,000 primates there will be transferred to other research