USDA cites OHSU for burn injuries to 2 monkeys

Stop Animal Exploitation Now files 2nd complaint of 2014 against OHSU after learning of latest USDA inspection

A primate at ONPRC, obtained by SAEN from OHSU in a 2009 public records request. These are not the monkeys that died. (SAEN)
A primate at ONPRC, obtained by SAEN from OHSU in a 2009 public records request. These are not the monkeys that died. (SAEN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has been cited for a second time this year for injuries to two monkeys, according to federal reports.

A recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report dated July 29, 2014, revealed that OHSU was cited for burn injuries that two monkeys sustained from an electric heating pad used during a medical procedure. Both monkeys went on to make full recoveries, according to the report.

In response to the recent report, Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) has filed an official complaint with the USDA, alleging a “long-term pattern of negligence, which kills and injures primates.”

The group filed another complaint against OHSU after a USDA inspection in April that resulted in three pages of citations relevant to multiple monkey deaths and injuries.

Following this second inspection, SAEN is pushing for a severe penalty for all 2014 infractions, which could exceed $100,000.

OHSU was fined $11,679 in 2012 by the USDA for Animal Welfare Act violations, according to SAEN.

Officials at OHSU released a statement that indicated they self-reported the monkey’s burns and have since stopped using heating pads.

“Since the incident, the ONPRC animal care team no longer uses heating pads to keep monkeys warm during sedation. Animal care specialists now use special water heating pads or forced-air heating pads for that purpose,” in part read the statement. “We at OHSU and ONPRC accept an ethical mandate to ensure that all of our animals are treated respectfully and humanely.”

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