Written by PETA
In a huge victory for vervet monkeys, U.S.
military officials have confirmed that the Army is ending cruel and archaic monthly
training exercises at the Aberdeen
Proving Ground in which monkeys are poisoned with a drug overdose that
makes them suffer from violent seizures in a crude demonstration of the effects of nerve-agent exposure. Instead of abusing terrified monkeys, Aberdeen—the only Army base in
the country that uses animals for this training—will now use human patient simulators, just as every other military facility already does.
The move follows months of vigorous campaigning by PETA.
PETA's campaign against the barbaric chemical
casualty training exercises included a series of protests this week outside the
annual meeting of the Association
of the United States Army. Supporters of this effort included veterans,
physicians, active service members, and actor Woody Harrelson, who sent a letter on PETA's behalf to Army Chief
of Staff Ray Odierno. Many others have also been protesting at Army recruitment
centers, flooding the offices of Army officials with e-mails and phone calls, and
even gathering outside the homes of Army officials affiliated with the monkey lab. One PETA member
even disrupted a speaking event last week by Aberdeen's commanding general, Nick Justice.
Please send an e-mail to Maj. Gen. Nick Justice to
thank him for this compassionate decision and ask that he ensure that the
transition to simulators be made immediately.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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
Harrelson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of
an Army captain in The Messenger, and now the actor is
sending a real-life message to the Army's new chief of staff regarding the cruel chemical agent poisoning of monkeys
at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
The star of the hotly anticipated Hunger Games film sent a letter to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, describing
how the monkeys who endure a forced overdose "suffer the wretched symptoms of chemical poisoning, including seizures, breathing
difficulties, loss of bowel control, and convulsions," and asking the
general to "stop this crude exercise at Aberdeen"
and replace it with superior
non-animal methods of simulating nerve agent attacks.
Woody's letter follows a PETA protest outside Army Secretary
John McHugh's home
and as thousands of compassionate people's responses to PETA's action
alert—which I must ask you to respond to
also and to pass on to everyone you know (get the whole office to sign—the
Please join Woody in
sending Army officials the message that not only is the image of America's
armed forces tarnished by conducting crude warfare experiments on monkeys—who are snatched from their
Caribbean homes and families and who endure frightening shipping conditions—these cruel procedures also
violate military policies requiring
the use of non-animal methods when available and prohibiting harming primates
for training exercises.
by Jeff Mackey
the U.S. Army is poised
to begin poisoning African vervet monkeys at Maryland's Aberdeen
Proving Ground, PETA's "monkeys"
descended on Secretary of the
Army John McHugh's home to demand that he stop the cruelty.
McHugh was a little uncomfortable that we were on his front doorstep, perhaps
he should think about how uncomfortable the Army makes its primate prisoners, injecting the monkeys
with a drug overdose in a crude and cruel attempt to replicate the effects of a
nerve agent attack. The drug overdose causes the monkeys to suffer from violent
seizures and vomiting, and some even stop breathing. The monkeys are subjected
to this abuse every few months for as long as three years.
and civilian training programs around the world use sophisticated human patient simulators that can be programmed
to mimic the human response to a
nerve agent attack, which is very different from a monkey's.
Not only are the Army's monkey experiments cruel and inefficient, they also violate
Department of Defense policies prohibiting the harming of primates in training
exercises and requiring that non-animal methods be used whenever they are
brought the message home today for McHugh. Now you can help stop the U.S. Army
from poisoning monkeys by calling
Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general of Aberdeen Proving Ground, at 410-278-0833 and urging his
facility to switch to non-animal training methods.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
the U.S. Army plans to start
poisoning African vervet
monkeys with massive chemical overdoses as part of a crude
and cruel "show and tell" training exercise at Maryland's Aberdeen
Proving Ground in order to demonstrate the effects of a nerve-agent attack. The overdoses will
cause the monkeys to suffer from uncontrollable twitching, seizures, and vomiting,
and some will even stop breathing. In a laboratory worksheet that PETA
obtained from Aberdeen, one trainee compared a monkey's violent reaction during
the exercise to "a chiwawa [sic] sh*tting razor
Aberdeen is set to receive an additional
shipment of 20 vervet monkeys from overseas―a frightening journey for them―in
late September, and they could well be subjected to these cruel exercises too.
This is one more example of shortchanging
our military and pointlessly abusing animals for some elementary exercise that already
exists on film! Other military and civilian training programs around the world
are using sophisticated human
patient simulators that can be
programmed to mimic the human
response to a nerve-agent attack, which is very different from a vervet monkey's
response. And not only are the Army's monkey laboratories cruel and
inefficient, they violate Department of
Defense policies that prohibit the harming of primates in training exercises
and require that non-animal training methods be used when available.
Please, help stop this by contacting Major General Nick
Justice, the commanding general of Aberdeen, right now and asking him to live up to his name
and save monkeys from this cruelty by switching this very second to modern,
effective medical training methods.
Written by Michelle
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