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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


Primate Freedom Project News Advisory

February 14, 2006

Wisconsin University Union Chair Files Lawsuit, Claims UW Animal Research Oversight Akin to McCarthyism, Guantanamo

Madison… Wisconsin University Union Chair, Göran Hellekant, has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and UW Madison Chancellor, John Wiley alleging that enforcement of federal animal welfare laws is unfair to scientists when they are disciplined for violating the regulations.

Ei Terasawa was barred from using animals for two years by the UW Madison Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) when federal inspectors discovered that monkeys were being left unattended during invasive brain experiments, a violation of her ACUC-approved protocols. A subsequent investigation revealed gross record-keeping errors including much confusion concerning which monkeys had undergone various procedures. The ACUC chair called her an “outstanding scientist,” but she was disciplined nevertheless.

The (WUU)/Hellekant suit claims that the ACUC has no authority to discipline staff and that doing so violates their right to due process as stipulated by UW personnel policies and state law. The university argues that using animals in research is a “privilege” and thus, suspension of this “privilege” is outside the purview of due process.

“I have read diffuse accusations, such as ‘failure to recognize the importance of rules and regulations’ in letters from the Administration to lonely Faculty and Staff as reasons for closing down their research for years. When I read the wordings in these letters to faculty and staff, the echo from our (in)famous Senator's diffuse accusations of ‘anti-American attitudes’, rings in my ears, or ‘being an enemy of the people’, as it sounded once upon a time from the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific. Then by calling our research duties, which many of us have spelled out in our job descriptions when we were hired, a ‘privilege’, the Administration avoids a contradiction.” (sic) Göran Hellekant, “Message from the Chair.” May 20, 2005.

“We recently learnt from a letter we received from the Chancellor that on campus one ‘investigator and staff the investigator supervises’ are prohibited ‘from working directly with live animals for a period of two years, at which time they may apply for reinstatement’ (quotation form the Chancellor Wiley's letter June 4, 2004).

“Now you may think that a. there must some highly valid reasons for such a draconic sentencing, and as a minimum the investigator was offered due process. This was not the case, because according to the Chancellor's letter, the same Animal Care Committee that passed the severe punishment also served as prosecution and appeal forum. How do you successfully appeal to the same group that sentenced you in its previous meeting?

So what about the infraction? It must have been serious since the investigator demonstrated ‘a failure to recognize the importance of the federal rules and regulations governing the use of animals in research’. To me it sounds like one of the cases at Guatanamo!” (sic) Göran Hellekant, “Message from the Chair.” October 14, 2004.

Göran Hellekant’s work at the University of Wisconsin with the protein brazzein has been showcased by the British House of Commons as an example of modern biopiracy.

Hellekant studies the physiology of taste. He dissects living primates’ cheeks and jaws and exposes the nerves that run from the tongue to the brain. He records the nerves' sensations while dropping different sweeteners onto the monkeys' outstretched tongues. He has been doing this to primates and other animals for over 30 years.

Surprisingly, some Madison-area animal rights activists have sided with Hellekant, almost.

“Decisions about animal use and care, especially when violations of federal laws and regulations have occurred, should not be left in the hands of committees comprised almost entirely of other animal researchers,” said Rick Bogle, member of the Alliance for Animals Primate Freedom Project.

“Issues of this magnitude should be considered by the entire university community. We’d like to see such matters presented to the faculty senate so that historians, language professors, philosophers and experts in every field can weigh in with their opinions. Letting those with clear vested interests in animal research be the sole arbiters of issues concerning animal research, seems entirely unethical,” said Bogle.

Links to related articles and documents:

Wisconsin University Union:

WUU/Hellekant lawsuit:

Primate Freedom Project gateway to Terasawa docs:

The Scientist: Peta asks journal to retract paper:

Göran Hellekant’s webpage

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