In addition to buying and selling live monkeys, Primate Products has a profitable side business in “bioproducts”: blood, tissue and organs. Primate Products sells “renewable” bioproducts, such as blood and blood products (serum, plasma), bone marrow, breast milk, spinal fluid and urine. (Primate Products refers to monkeys used to fill standing orders for blood as “bleeders.”) Monkeys are also regularly killed to fill an order for organs like liver, kidneys, spleen, salivary glands, or tissue (skin, fat, muscle, etc.).
Primate Products has prepared a series of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), step-by-step instructions for employees on how to perform routine activities. The SOP for “Blood & Bio-Product Collection” explains how an unfortunate monkey is to be anesthetized and then a needle inserted into the femoral artery to begin draining the animal’s blood. Once the animal has bled out, death is confirmed by the absence of a heartbeat and then the collection begins. The tissues/fluids are flash frozen and vacuum sealed and the “products” are ready to be picked up by FedEx.
Female monkeys at Primate Products are often used like incubators, forced to breed and the bodies of their babies harvested for bioproducts. The following instructions are from the SOP for collecting fetal stem cells and other products from baby monkeys delivered by caesarian section: The mother is sedated, intubated, shaved, and an incision is made exposing the uterus. Another incision frees up the fetus. The amniotic sac is punctured and the fetus removed and passed to an assistant. “…the technician collects as much blood as possible from the fetus via the intracardiac route using a syringe and needle.” Only then is the baby monkey killed by an injection of Sodium Pentobarbital into the heart. The SOP continues, “The assistant can then proceed to harvest the organs in the necropsy room.” The mother monkey is given a painkiller for two days following the surgery, and she is tattooed with the initials “CX” (caesarian).
Smash HLS has been told by former employees that Primate Products President Don Bradford is fond of describing the company’s victims as “good to the last drop.” Join us for a protest at Bradford’s house in Pembroke Pines on Sunday, June 24.