It should come as no surprise research laboratories that use primates as test subjects rarely are transparent when it comes to how they treat the animals under their ‘care.' But for the University of Houston, the horrors of their primate lab have become impossible to conceal.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued two citations against the university for an incident from March in which three rhesus monkeys became trapped in a section of their cage without access to water. One young monkey died as a result and the others suffered from extreme dehydration.
According to the USDA report, the monkeys' unimaginable situation wasn't discovered for over 15 hours.
But that blatant example of mistreatment towards a living thing is hardly outside the norm for the university. Since 2012, the USDA has issued seven citation against UH for improper handling of research animals, three instances of which led to their deaths. Two years ago, a baby rhesus monkey was strangled by the cord from a laundry bag improperly stored atop its cage; last November, a rabbit died while being anesthetized for an experiment.