OHSU launches web site in preparation for new claims from animal rights group PETA

10/21/08  Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University is launching a new Web site in preparation for another set of claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.)

Oregon Health & Science University is launching a new Web site in preparation for another set of claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.) Late last year, a PETA employee who gained employment at OHSU made claims about OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center. Within the same month, the center was cleared and given a clean bill of health following a United States Department of Agriculture inspection

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, PETA is expected to make new claims about the primate center after requesting and receiving public records from OHSU.  The records consist of animal care protocols, health care records for individual animals, reports to ONPRC’s voluntary accreditation agency and reports issued to the federal government, which provides core funding for the center.

If news outlets have questions, OHSU representatives are available to respond to all of PETA’s claims.

In addition, all of the documents requested by are available in their full context on a public Web site

The information is also accessible thorough the primate center Web site: www.ohsu.edu/onprc/

“We believe these records illustrate our employees’ tremendous efforts in caring for animals at the primate center. We’re also confident that the records demonstrate the high level of accountability and regulation under which we operate,” said P. Michael Conn, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Office of Research Advocacy. “OHSU’s primate center has an outstanding animal care record, and we invite the public to view these documents in their entirety as we believe they will also come to this same conclusion.”