Disturbing Photos Leaked from GlaxoSmithKline Primate Supplier

Originally posted on Phillyist.

The proof is in the photographs. Verified photographs, that is (Warning: disturbing).

Yesterday, several photographs were released from GlaxoSmithKline monkey supplier, Primate Products, Inc. that are definitely not for the faint of heart. The images portrayed several monkeys obviously suffering and most likely in pain due to haphazard, careless treatment. The primates are shown with open wounds that have been poorly sutured, missing patches of hair, and large holes in areas of their heads and necks.

GSK has several locations in the Philadelphia area, including a testing facility in King of Prussia. The facility purchases primates from PPI in order to perform testing of experimental drugs. Outraged, PETA has sent a notice to the CEO of GSK, Andrew Witty, urging the global medical manufacturing company to immediately end its affiliation with PPI.

PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo has released this statement :

“As long as GlaxoSmithKline gives money to Primate Products, the blood of these monkeys is on its hands. PETA is asking all the organizations that do business with Primate Products not to give one more dime to the company.”

After the photos were released, one other company has already ended its relationship with Primate Products. On a judicial level, the USDA has launched an investigation on the business practices at PPI. In addition, a member of Congress has requested that the USDA put an immediate end to operations at the facility. There is no word yet on the reaction of GlaxoSmithKline.

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