Monkeying Around with OHSU and What We’re Not Supposed to Know

Since Halloween is upon us, I promise I will end this column with a federal agent in a monkey suit.

Meanwhile, though, the story starts at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where on Sept. 3, the university received a shipment of primates from a controversial company, the owner of which was once convicted in an animal smuggling case.

It’s all more legitimate than it sounds. Or is it? Last month OHSU received seven crab-eating macaques, eight rhesus macaques and 12 baboons from a primate supplier in Florida, a state that’s apparently ground zero in the U.S. monkey trade.[1]All 27 primates, aged four to 13, arrived in good health.

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