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Harvard University is a private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was originally incorporated as "The President and Fellows of Harvard College." Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. [1] Harvard Medical School is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

New England National Primate Research Center

Harvard University hosts the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), an animal testing and laboratory primate breeding facility. NEPRC is part of the National Primate Research Center System (NPRC) of eight regional centers that test and breed primates for laboratories.

Animal cruelty & welfare violations

NEPRC houses over 2,000 primates. In 2004, 600 of these animals were subjected to experiments. Harvard receives 10 mega-grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the effects of cocaine and heroin on monkeys.

In "Nonhuman Primate Models of Speed ball Abuse", Roger Spealman addicts monkeys to cocaine and heroin and measures their combined toxicity. In the "Nonhuman Primate Model of Cocaine Relapse and Treatment", Spealman addicts monkeys to cocaine and then withholds the drug to cause withdrawal. He then studies the effects of injecting chemicals and stress and how it affects the reintroduction of cocaine. In 2005, Spealman received over 1.25 million in taxpayer funding. Harvard has over 75 publications solely about monkeys exposed to cocaine. Harvard’s Alberto Palleroni studies "fear reactions" in monkeys exposed to aerial predators by exposing primates to trained raptors and studying their distress calls. This "research" is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Not surprisingly, over 90% of Harvard's primates have at least one self-destructive or abnormal behavior and 20% have seriously self-destructive behavior. [2]

See also ten worst laboratories & section 3 on facility information & progress reports.

Other information

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

For links to copies of this facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Facility Reports and Information: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. [3]

For links to copies of this facility's USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Facility Reports and Information: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. [4]

USDA AWA reports

As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.

Public relations

Joseph E. Murray, MD, Professor Emeritus of Harvard University Medical School, sits on the board of directors for Americans for Medical Progress (AMP). AMP's board of directors consists of senior executives and other representatives employed by the pharmaceutical and vivisection industries. Board members represent multinational, billion dollar corporations as well as universities and institutions receiving government grants for vivisection. [5]

AMP runs media campaigns targeting animal rights, welfare and health advocacy groups. See also Americans for Medical Progress.


  • Lawrence H. Summers - President [6]


Harvard University
Office of the President
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone 617-495-1501
Fax 617-495-8550 (fax)

Web address: http://www.harvard.edu

Articles & sources

Sourcewatch articles


  1. Schools of Harvard, Harvard, accessed August 2007
  2. Harvard University, Ten Worst Laboratories, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, accessed February 2009
  3. Facility Reports and Information: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, accessed January 2011
  4. Facility Reports and Information: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, SAEN, accessed January 2011
  5. Board of Directors, Americans for Medical Progress, accessed January 2011
  6. Office of the President, Harvard University, accessed January 2009

External resources