Written by Jeff Mackey
dreadful experiment that sounds like a cross between Frankenstein and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, stem cells from multiple embryos
were fused to create so-called "chimera" monkeys containing genetic
material from all the embryos used. Vivisectors at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) cut into dozens of female rhesus monkeys to impregnate them, allowed
their fetuses to develop, and then cut them open to kill the unborn monkeys and
dissect them. Only two of the female monkeys were allowed to carry the babies to
full term and give birth. Like their mothers, these babies now will serve a life sentence at this monkey
prison, where two PETA undercover investigations have exposed the horrific
abuse of primates.
ONPRC is touting the births of the three genetically
manipulated rhesus monkeys, but one has to wonder what the primates used in
these experiments have been forced to endure in a facility with a long history
of abuse. During a 2007 undercover investigation at ONPRC, PETA documented
monkeys in constant fear and so traumatized by
miserable laboratory conditions, including confinement to small, barren cages,
that they paced ceaselessly and pulled out their own hair. And that's not even
including the horrors
intentionally inflicted on the animals during the experiments themselves.
In 2008, PETA obtained internal documents from ONPRC
detailing further abuse and neglect, including that experimenters had accidentally
performed surgery on the wrong monkey, repeatedly inflicted a painful procedure
called "electro-ejaculation" on male monkeys, and refused to perform
a Caesarean section on a sick monkey during a difficult labor (leading to the
death of both mother and baby).
subsequent complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) led the
agency to cite ONPRC for three violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Since
then, further USDA inspections have led to repeated citations. So why is ONPRC
still being given millions of taxpayer dollars to create chimeras and
conduct other cruel and pointless experiments on these intelligent, sensitive animals?
here to tell the National Institutes of Health that it's time to get out
of the torture business by withdrawing funding from animal experiments at
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