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Sick Pics Leaked From Miami Animal Research Facility

September 1, 2010
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From NBC Miami
By Jeff Burnside

The public is getting a rare, if unsettling, glimpse inside an animal research facility right here in South Florida after ten internal photos of severely injured primates fell into the hands of animal activists.

When it comes to experimentation on live animals, emotions and opinions run the gamut. Are animals still used unnecessarily? Isn’t it worth saving human lives?

The ten photos don’t answer these questions. But they are certainly sparking a very public debate.

Primate Products, located in a non-descript warehouse in Doral, imports primates from around the world and sells them to animal research labs. They’re also licensed for research, according to the USDA.

The photos depict bloodied, lifeless primates in a surgical setting, deep gashes on skulls, an open wound on an arm, and you can see reddish or inflamed areas on the hindquarters in one photo.

The photos got into the hands of animal activist groups, initially The Animal Liberation Investigative Unit, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, and SMASH HLS, who reposted them on various websites, view the images HERE, be forewarned, however, that they are graphic.

“Yeah, it’s horrendous,” says Don Anthony, spokesperson for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. ARFF and one other group filed formal complaints with federal inspectors over the animal welfare act.

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“We are demanding that the USDA, the Department of Agriculture, do an immediate and thorough investigation,” said Anthony.

Top USDA officials, including Eastern Regional Director Betty Goldentyer, confirmed that its inspectors will, based on the photos and complaints, go visit the facility and investigate.

The president of Primate Products, Don Bradford, confirmed that the photos are real, they were taken from inside the facility, and the animals in the images are not dead.

Bradford declined an interview. But in an email exchange, he said “the pictures are those our veterinary staff took to document the medical treatment to animals that were injured by other animals….” He continued, “they are completely healed, healthy, beautiful animals.”

Do animal activists believe him?

“Those pictures tell a different story,” says Anthony.

Animal activists have picketed Primate Products previously, even Bradford’s home and Country Club. Bradford accuses them of links to violent extremists.

But the activists say regardless of how the animals in the photos were injured, it reveals the unsettling world of using live animals for medical and other scientific research. “They don’t want you to know at any of these facilities to know what goes on,” Anthony says, “because it is so gruesome and so disturbing, if more people knew about it, they’d be against it.”

The Primate Products president says he welcomes the inspectors. The USDA says Primate Products has not had any enforcement action taken against them in the past.

Still, animal activists say they will picket again September 7th. The USDA says their report will become public 21 days after it is completed.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann(USA) permalink
    September 1, 2010 1:43 pm

    These pictures are actually discusting and make me sick to my stomach, now I can’t even drink water. What the general public does not know is that these animals endure life time trauma and horrific and exploitive procedures.

    The reason they do these studies is for grants from the Government, many experiments have already been done and do not need to be done. They also breed animals, that should be against the law as they not breeding for the purpose to make those monkeys live in zoo’s or be a pet which they should not be either but to abuse and traumatize them beyond belief, this is what we call science people and in the name of science this is not science when there are more humane methods out today and by the way, there are many inmates on death row just waiting to be demolished from this earth why not ask them to use their bodies since they are humans, animals are not the same as humans. That is why some diseases today still exist and have been using animals in those studies, let us wake up to the fact, there will always be heart attacks,diabetes and they use animals on this research and there will always be cancers ok, nothing has proven by using animals to prevent cancer nothing yet in the name of money and science those animals are being used senselessly. this is wrong, goes against the laws of nature and thou shalt not kill etc.

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  2. Ann(USA) permalink
    September 1, 2010 1:46 pm

    STOP THE INSANITY. STOP USING AND BREEDING INNOCENT ANIMALS. WHY NOT USE YOUR OWN BODIES FOR THESE EXPERIMENTS. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE. THEY ARE NOT HUMAN AND STOP GETTING GOVERNMENT MONEY TO CONTINUE UNNECESSARY EXPERIMENTS SO YOU ALL GET A PAY CHECK.

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  3. Laura permalink
    September 1, 2010 2:07 pm

    Full justice to all disgusting humans. Their crimes will all be accounted for. The animals will have their Day.

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  4. beka permalink
    September 1, 2010 2:26 pm

    This photo shocked me, not to talk of my children. Its absolutely non acceptable and horrifying what mankind can do. Stop now! Save innocent animals and work on yourself!

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  5. Carole Edmonds permalink
    September 1, 2010 7:55 pm

    Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowlege, it does so at the expense of human character. -Geroge Bernard Shaw

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  6. Alexis Straznicky permalink
    September 1, 2010 11:00 pm

    You belong in jail for animal cruelty.

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  7. Janicce permalink
    September 3, 2010 6:00 am

    I hope the people who are experimenting on these poor animals get to experience one day, the same pain!!!!

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  8. karin Pfiffner permalink
    September 4, 2010 2:04 am

    Hört auf mit diesen Experimenten

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  9. Lio Beardsley permalink
    September 7, 2010 11:19 pm

    If we need any experiment, we better test on human beings, becoz what we want we should take it ourselves, not any other innocent animals or sepcies, what if one day we got experimented by aliens becoz they are smarter than us, will we say it is fair? I think ppl will defo start a war!
    I wish one day of animals start a war, God is on their side coz we have beeing doing so much bad on them, it is time for justice!

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