PETA sues university lab for footage of them scaring monkeys with Mr. Potato Head

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400596 02: Mr. Potato Head stands on stage February 5, 2002 at a 50th birthday party for the popular childrens toy at Hasbros showroom in New York City. Created in 1952, Mr. Potato Head was the first ever toy advertised on television. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a lawsuit to compel Oregon Health & Science University to release footage of experiments on monkeys at its Oregon National Primate Research Center.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the experiments at the Hillsboro center were taxpayer-funded and video of those experiments should be released under Oregon’s open records law, according to PETA.

The Oregon lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

An OHSU spokeswoman said the university is reviewing the court filing and has no comment at this time.

The lawsuit asks OHSU to produce “public records relating to maternal nutrition experiments conducted on mother-infant or mother-juvenile pairs of monkeys, and experiments relating to self-injurious behavior.”

PETA said it previously obtained footage from an OHSU experiment “in which young monkeys were deliberately frightened with a Mr. Potato Head toy.”

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