The sad saga surrounding the recent death of several monkeys at Harvard’s primate center on Parmenter Road continued yesterday when the facility’s interim director abruptly stepped down.
Three monkeys have died at the primate center since October. A fourth died back in June 2010. All of the deaths were attributed to human error.
The incidents have raised questions for many about the ethics of medical research on animals. It has also made some in Southborough nervous about the risk the facility – and its recent bad press – presents to the town and its residents.
“It puts all residents of Southborough at risk especially those close to the center, to extremist animal rights activists. It was not too long ago that we heard there was just such a person suspected to be in this area,” one commenter wrote yesterday, referring to reports that animal rights terrorism suspect Daniel Andreas San Diego was thought to be in Massachusetts.
What do you think? The primate center has been a Southborough fixture for decades. Does it present a risk to the town? Or do you think the hoopla is overblown? Share your thoughts in the comments.