Written by Jeff Mackey
you before how cats and ferrets suffer in archaic training courses at Washington University
in St. Louis. Now, we've obtained a photo of the miserable living conditions for
a monkey named George, who is also confined to this facility:
Information on who is experimenting on George was not
released, but we wonder if it might have been Dora Angelaki, who has been crowned Vivisector
of the Month for the month of June. Angelaki, who recently left Washington
University to become chair of the neuroscience department at Baylor College of Medicine
in Texas, drills screws into monkeys' skulls and implants a "head ring,"
which attaches to an apparatus to control the animals' heads. She also implants
coils into their eyes and electrodes into their ears before strapping the
monkeys to a chair designed to immobilize their bodies as they are spun and
shaken so that Angelaki can observe their ability to track a target. In some
cases, she damages parts of the monkeys' brains first. Angelaki has received
more than $18 million in federal tax money for her primate experiments.
While Angelaki has left Washington University, there are
still animals there who need your help. Please urge the school to end the use
of animals in cruel and archaic intubation training exercises and replace them
with modern, effective teaching methods.
Here is some of the hideous handiwork of April's Vivisector of the Month,
Janet Neisewander of Arizona State University, who has been conducting wasteful
and cruel addiction experiments on animals since 1984.
Using nearly $3 million in taxpayer money, Neisewander
gets rats hooked on drugs like morphine, cocaine, and nicotine—sometimes after obliterating
parts of the rats' brains with acid.
In these pictures, the rats have nicotine pumped directly
into their jugular veins through tubes implanted in their heads. Later, they'll
be killed and decapitated and have their brains removed.
How You Can Help
Animals Killed in Nicotine Experiments
Thanks to studies in humans, we already know that smoking
cigarettes can cause disease in nearly every organ of the human body. Please tell
the National Institutes of Health to stop funding nicotine experiments on animals
and use tax money for prevention, education, and human-based research instead.
Written by PETA
After three decades in captivity, a
group of 38 chimpanzees who had been abused in painful hepatitis and HIV
experiments in an Austrian laboratory were finally released to a sanctuary, where they can spend the rest of their lives in peaceful retirement. A
television camera operator captured the awe-inspiring moment
when the chimpanzees cautiously stepped out of their enclosures and into
daylight for the first time in 30 years, embracing one another to celebrate
their newfound freedom.
These chimpanzees have not been used
in experiments for more than 10 years, but their future was in limbo when the
Austrian safari park where they were living went bankrupt. It was believed that
the group would be split up and sent to zoos around Europe. But animal
advocates around the world, including PETA and our members and supporters,
wrote to the drug company that sent the chimpanzees to the park and implored it
to ensure that the chimpanzees would be sent to a sanctuary and not be
separated from one another. Thanks to those of you who spoke out, the
chimpanzees are now living together happily at an animal sanctuary where they
can feel the grass under their feet and the wind on their faces for the first
time in decades!
While it's wonderful that these chimpanzees now have a
safe haven, chimpanzees in the U.S. continue to be locked up and abused in laboratories, as PETA spelled out in a column in today's issue of the influential D.C.
newspaper The Hill. You can help give their story a
happy ending, too, by asking
your congressional representatives to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost
Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810), which will
permanently end invasive experiments on all great apes in the U.S. and retire
hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuaries. Can't
wait to see those videos!
by Jeff Mackey
Chimpanzees used in laboratory
experiments have been a hot topic this summer, from the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes
to the National Academy
of Sciences' Institute
of Medicine hearings on the use of
chimpanzees for experimentation.
a new novel by Neil Abramson, movingly explores the ways in which animals—including
a chimpanzee, Cindy, who communicates with sign language—impact the lives of
the humans who care for and about them.
The novel takes us on the journey of David
Colden, an attorney who is mourning his wife's death while defending sign-language
researcher Dr. Cassidy, who has raised Cindy from infancy and who will do
anything—including breaking the law—to prevent the young chimpanzee from being
sent to a laboratory.
I wanted to cheer when Colden told
the court: "There was a
crime committed here—but it wasn't by Dr. Cassidy. The crime is by those who
would torture a thinking, feeling, caring, intelligent creature and expect
others to sit idle amid the torrent of blood and screams."
In some ways, Dr. Cassidy's story
mirrors the real life work of Dr. Roger Fouts,
who has spent decades teaching sign language to chimpanzees. Because he doesn't
"own" all the apes he works with, some of them have been sold to
laboratories over the years, including Booee, whom Fouts, trailed by a 20/20 film crew, visited in a laboratory
years later with heartbreaking
The ensuing public outcry resulted in Booee being sent to a sanctuary.
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by Michelle Sherrow
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