Researchers at the University of Oklahoma were investigated multiple times and found to be abusing baboons in their studies. Between 2013 and 2015, at least 51 baboons died in the facility.
Newborn baboons were separated from their mothers just to see how they would react. One USDA inspector found infant baboon enclosures that were so dirty they posed a health risk. And one report found an infant baboon dead on the ground, "partially cannibalized."
Now, University officials are announcing they will shut down their baboon research program - but the safety of these baboons hasn't been guaranteed.
Sign this petition to demand that baboons from the research program are placed at a safe and reputable sanctuary.
These poor animals have endured too much in their pasts at Oklahoma University. Now that the facility is closing its doors, there is hope that the remaining baboons could finally be free from cruelty.
But their safety is nowhere near guaranteed. Oklahoma University has a history of abusing these animals, and we have no guarantee that the primates won't be transferred to other laboratories where their abuse would continue.
Join the call to protect these baboons by signing and sharing this petition. Such cruelty should have been stopped long before but it is never too late to step in and be a voice for the voiceless.
University of Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse, Dean – In light of closing your doors, we strongly urge you to meet the recommendations of PETA and transfer all of your remaining baboons to a reputable and safe sanctuary. There have been countless reports of abuse to these animals over the years along with repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Documentation has shown that the baboons in your facility endured cruel, abusive treatment that they did not deserve. We ask that you send all the remaining baboons to healthy, reputable and safe sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace, comfort and receiving the care they need and deserve.