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Footage from experiments described in peer-reviewed research articles should be public, PETA says

COURTESY PETA - A monkey in a cage is shown here. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Oregon Health & Science University to obtain videos of experiments happening in the OHSU-run Oregon National Primate Research Center.

PETA is asking the court, under Oregon's public records law, to compel OHSU to release video footage of experiments involving macaques.

The experiment that PETA is seeking footage of involves lab workers scaring young monkeys by aggressively staring at them to measure their fear and anxiety, said Jeremy Beckham, a research associate in PETA's laboratory investigations department.

The full experiment involves feeding pregnant macaques various diets and then seeing if their offspring are more or less prone to anxiety.

"They would do things like have a so-called 'human intruder test' where someone would walk into a room where an 11-month old monkey was alone in a cage, walk up to their cage and stare at them in a really intimidating way — that's a threatening posture to primates — and they would videotape to see how fearfully they reacted to this," Beckham said. "So we expect that the video footage is basically going to show experimenters at OHSU intentionally inflicting fear and terror in these young monkeys."

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