Sunday, March 15, 2009

Oregon Primate Center's PR

See: PETA complaints spur USDA warning to Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro
by Andy Dworkin, The Oregonian Thursday March 12, 2009, 2:40 PM

And http://www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/research/facts/olaw-communications.cfm This is one of the pages from there:
Video Clips

Here’s a video Clip which PETA received as part of their records request:

mms://media.ohsu.edu/res/onprc/onprc09.wmv

What is it?
The video shows a pair of young monkeys who live together in a paired cage. In the first part of the clip, one of the monkeys appears nervous. It is hunched over and rocking. Later in the video, both animals appear normal.

What does it show?
The video was shot by ONPRC's employees before PETA placed an infiltrator in the center. The video was shot by our behavioral sciences staff because one of the animals, named Cinder, was stress sensitive meaning that she appeared overly sensitive to changes in her surroundings. In this video she is reacting to the presence of the camera and caretakers in the room. Later, the video shows how she has adjusted over time. The video was filmed to better understand the problem and develop a plan to assist the animal. Today, Cinder is much less stress sensitive.

This existence of this video shows how OHSU’s primate center has dedicated staff who actively identify and assist animals in rare cases where they observe abnormal behavior. They do so by first observing the behavior, and then developing a plan to help the animal.


A little quiz: Watch carefully beginning at about 2:18. Why is the video edited at about 2:24?

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