Animal Rights

Biomedical Research Employee Attacked by Two Baboons

| by PETA

A worker at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research Center (SFBRC) in San Antonio was hospitalized with cuts and scratches on Monday after he was attacked by two baboons.

The primates reportedly escaped from a holding pen and jumped the guy as he cleaned their cages. (My guess is they were looking for the keys, but that's just my personal theory.)

PETA has filed a complaint with the USDA pointing out that violations of the Animal Welfare Act may have led to the attack.

As I'm sure you're aware by now, "biomedical research" is code for "animal torture." For instance, at SFBRC, female animals are impregnated and their preterm babies are cut from their bodies, killed, and dissected. Other animals are infected with hepatitis, and some are fed diets that consist of 40 percent lard in order to induce obesity and heart disease.

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Sadly, the baboons' decision to visit some karmic justice on the lab worker prevented them from making a successful bid for freedom, and they were quickly returned to their cells cages.

However, considering the tragic outcome of another Texas jailbreak (a chimpanzee was shot and killed in 2008 after escaping from the University of Texas Keeling Animal Research Center), maybe it's a good thing that those baboons didn't get their fingers on the keys after all.

Posted by Alisa Mullins