I guess that some of this could have been rigged. I know there was a stink about sedating some of the monkeys with a dart gun, but that was a big ___ monkey, and I sure as heck wouldn't want to walk up to it and ask if I could stick a needle in it. However, if they were doing it for reasons other than out of necessity, then there's no excuse, and there could be other measures taken so the thing couldn't hurt itself when it hit the floor. But I think it would be hard to stage animals with open wounds on them and red stuff (I'm assuming blood) around their mouths from biting themselves.
I'm not a research scientist, especially one that deals in research medicine, so I don't know what a normal day at the office at the BEST facility in the world might look like. Perhaps some of these sights are normal and are so disgusting because it's not what we're used to in our non-research worlds. Perhaps some of the psychiatric states of the animals were purposefully induced to test medicines to cure them. I really can't say one way or the other, and I don't want to sound like I'm defending anyone, because I'm not. But, it's easy to judge prematurely and I'm going to try to wait until more comes of this. And, if any single person or if the NIRC as a whole is convicted of wrongdoing, then I would hope that the problem is cleaned up, the guilty parties are dropped in a jungle or something and have to experience life in the monkey's environment, and the Center can renew it's reputation and become a positive again.
The main question I have is How does this Center fit into the University? Is it part of and controlled by the same folks that control other research centers in the school, like LITE or the Wetlands Center? Are the NIRC leaders and the school in direct and constant communication? And by constant, I don't mean everyday, but just the same amount as any other research center or any other college. I'm curious because it's one of those things that nobody ever thinks about. It's far from campus, it's mission is far different from anything else the school does, and obviously, it's a very touchy subject with a lot of people out there.