March 3, 2006
Senior Vice President for Research
Ohio State University
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
1 page via fax: 614-292-6602
Dear Dr. McGrath:
As you might imagine, having received our warning letter last week, we
are not surprised to hear about the death of the OSU chimpanzee named Kermit shortly after his arrival at Primarily Primates, Inc. (PPI). As we told you in our
February 24, PPI does a miserable job of caring for the unfortunate
primates at its
facility and should never have been entrusted with the OSU chimpanzees.
We ask that OSU immediately reclaim Darrell, Sheba, Sarah, Bobby,
Harper, and Emma and arrange for their lifetime care at a humane
Yonushonis should be handed his resignation on a plate for his
irresponsible decision regarding these-now truly
What we know about the circumstances surrounding the chimpanzees'
arrival at PPI
and Kermit's subsequent death clearly illustrates PPI's
· Upon arrival, the two youngest OSU chimpanzees, Harper and Emma,
separated from their chimpanzee family and taken to the private home of
Swett, PPI's president. You will recall that we mentioned an infant
who died in Swett's house in our previous letter.
· PPI was ill-prepared to receive the chimpanzees as evidenced by the
fact that the
chimps' transport cages did not fit into the enclosure(s) intended
for them, thus
requiring that the animals be subjected to the risk of sedation.
· PPI did not have a veterinarian on site to supervise the arrival
and unloading of
the chimpanzees. Once it was determined that the chimpanzees would have
sedated, a veterinarian who had little, if any, experience with
primates was called
to the site.
· PPI staff and the veterinarian left the sedated chimpanzees
perhaps up to two hours and returned to find that Kermit had died,
OSU's irresponsible rush to discard the chimpanzees who brought such
the university has left one chimp dead and eight others abandoned at an
and dangerously substandard facility. We, and the watching world, look
hearing that OSU is working furiously to place these great apes in a
sanctuary and that Yonushonis will no longer be in a position to do
harm to OSU's
remaining animals. I can be reached at 757-622-7382, extension 8334.
Mary Beth Sweetland, Senior Vice President
Director, Research & Investigations
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