Written by PETA
Victory: As a
result of PETA's campaign, the Army announced
that it is ending its cruel use of monkeys in chemical attack training
exercises and will instead use advanced human simulators!
Monkey #V357 was born on the island of
St. Kitts, where he was either captured in the wild or born in captivity. If he was abducted from his home in the wild, he likely watched trappers shoot his
mother out of a tree with a dart gun,
and then was ripped from her arms. If he was born
into a breeding facility, he was forcibly—and permanently—torn from his
screaming mother, probably within days of birth.
He was then crammed into a
tiny crate and flown to Miami, Florida, in a plane’s dark, loud and terrifying cargo
hold. There, he was piled onto a truck like luggage and driven up the eastern
seaboard to the U.S.
Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in
#V357, the only “name” the
Army gave him in its laboratory, spent the next three years of his life locked
in a steel cage and being used over-and-over as a target for nerve-agent attack training. Every
eight weeks, experimenters injected him with a massive drug overdose to crudely
mimic a chemical attack and trainees looked
on as he twitched uncontrollably, sweated profusely, violently convulsed, and
struggled to breathe. The psychological distress that this constant physical abuse
and confinement caused led #V357 and the other monkeys imprisoned at Aberdeen to
fight each other, and he suffered gaping lacerations, a torn lip, and bitten or
torn off fingers. The injuries did not stop the training exercises.
After three years of being
tormented in this cruel training course, the Army began punishing his small body
in a different experiment. They injected him with a chemical agent that severely
restricted blood flow to his brain. After one final injection and several hours
of suffering, he died at night, alone in his cold, barren cage.
It is too late for #V357, but it’s not
too late for the rest of the monkeys the Army is still tormenting in these
cruel and ineffective training courses. Please help stop this by signing this White House petition to replace the
monkeys with modern, superior human simulators.
by Michelle Sherrow
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