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Experimenters Starve Monkeys, Learn Nothing

Written by PETA | September 5, 2012

For more than two decades, experimenters at the National Institute on Aging (NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) starved caged monkeys—depriving them of a whopping 30 percent of needed calories—to see if this would increase their longevity. Now, the vivisectors at NIA have announced that the extreme, prolonged deprivation had no effect on the monkeys’ life span.

Hungry, Lonely, and Scared

The NIA studies, funded by taxpayers, started in 1987, and the UW–Madison studies began in 1989. At both facilities—and also at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where similar experiments are being conducted—the monkeys, in addition to being kept chronically hungry in a semi-starved state, were imprisoned in tiny barren cages and condemned to a lifetime of isolation, without even the simplest benefit of any cage mates. As journalist Gina Kolata described in The New York Times:

For 25 years, the rhesus monkeys were kept semi-starved, lean and hungry. The males’ weights were so low they were the equivalent of a 6-foot-tall man who tipped the scales at just 120 to 133 pounds. The hope was that if the monkeys lived longer, healthier lives by eating a lot less, then maybe people, their evolutionary cousins, would, too.

When the studies at UW–Madison were first made public in 2009, PETA filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the university’s egregious violations of the Animal Welfare Act. In addition, PETA complained to the UW–Madison Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, but our concerns were dismissed.

Failing Animals, Science, and Humanity

Now, after decades of condemning intelligent, sensitive monkeys to protracted suffering, the vivisectors have admitted that their experiments not only failed to make their point but also were poorly designed: The monkeys were fed a diet that was 28.5 percent sucrose (i.e., empty calories). So, in addition to being ethically inexcusable, the experiments were scientifically nonsensical.

But no matter what the experimenters were trying to prove, it was wrong to cage and starve these monkeys. All so-called “calorie-restriction experiments” (that’s vivisector lingo for “starving animals”) should be banned now. Primates are extremely intelligent animals who form intricate social relationships, experience the same wide range of emotions that we do, and exhibit a capacity for suffering similar to ours. Rhesus macaque monkeys have been shown to use tools, count, and communicate complex information. Monkeys can also express empathy, and they possess a sense of fairness—something that many experimenters seem to lack.

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What You Can Do

We each have a role to play in helping monkeys and other primates suffering in laboratories. Please urge the federal government to stop wasting our tax dollars on cruel and pointless experiments on animals.

 

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  • Audrey says:

    I would like to see this banned. and its waste of tax payer money for this. and its abusive and so cruel to the animals. what matter with government are bad not care neglect these animals. they know better. treat them with respect and love these animals not harm them. so please do something to ban this. Its useless and waste. their body is not same as peoples body so why doing this. no more cruel and abuse and where is ur soul and heart??? Then do something with this issues. thanks

  • Merry Robin says:

    Just because the scientists wear lab coats doesn’t stop their behavior from being cruel. We should demand Zero tolerance of animal abuse from psychopaths or scientists.

  • Laura says:

    This is really, really sad. There are many people who starve themselves or stay very thin. To do an experiment like this makes a joke out of life itself. Funded by taxpayers- while homeless people were left on the street to die.

  • Ayesha says:

    Plz help

  • Deborah Silberer says:

    There is good and bad science. Allready the difference of species and the fact to provoke illness artificially to got results seem to me absolutely not logic. Ban animals from the the labs. It’s unethical and it’s expensive!

  • carol says:

    Until the government stops giving ludicrous amounts of money as “grants” to these people we can’t stop what is happening. The root cause of a lot of these problems is because “grants” are given to those people who can lie enough about what they are needed for and get away with it without the government stepping in to ensure that the money is being spent appropriately. It has long been known that fewer calories in human beings can prolong life but who cares because if your body is fine usually it is the mind that has long gone before the body wears out. It really is time for needless suffering to be ended for these animals.

  • Natalie says:

    These mad experiments have to stop!

  • Karleen says:

    Stop this please:-(

  • Lori Yates says:

    This has to be stopped! It’s just mean and cruel!!! Stop this now!!! Stop harming animals and spending tax payers money for this bulls_ _t now!!!!

  • Georgia Preptesco says:

    Stop!!Please!

  • Aimee Wiederhold says:

    Please stop this. Let the monkeys be free!!!

  • Ivana Iva says:

    Life of these beautiful beings is FAR MORE IMPORTANT then ‘science’!!

  • Helene says:

    This cruelty must come to an end.

  • laetitia gardes says:

    stop wasting our tax dollars on cruel and pointless experiments on animals

  • Helene says:

    This cruelty must come to an end.

  • Jane says:

    Please stop wasting our tax dollars on these extremely cruel and unnecessary experiments!

  • Jane says:

    Please stop wasting our tax dollars on these extremely cruel and unnecessary experiments!

  • Jayanthi says:

    Hello, Please stop the cruelty being done for animals. They are Innocent and it is our duty to protect them. Please please stop stop such cruel research on them. May you be blessed with the divine power.

  • Manny says:

    Stop making these animals starve. Stop hurting them in the name of science. You are all sick for doing this to these poor helpless animals. They deserve better treatment than this.

  • Maria Ekström says:

    Let wild animals be wild, free animals be free. Do the science on murderers and childmulesters instead, atleast they are guilty – animals are innocent.

  • Diana Maiocco says:

    Stop wasting my tax dollars supporting this torture.

  • Marta Peralta says:

    Stop experiments with any animals.

  • Arrow Gonsalves says:

    In-humane & barbaric treatment

  • Nora Trogen says:

    This experiment is a shame !

  • Debz Jones says:

    ANIMAL EXPERIEMENTS = ANIMAL ABUSE!!!, AND ACHIEVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!, THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!!!!

  • denine says:

    Out of the thousands of things you waste our money on, testing on animals is the most cruel, pointless, and shameful of them all. You are supposed to listen to our wants, not the other way around…….knock off the animal testing. This is 2012 and there’s no justification for it.

  • Viviana Bernardi says:

    STOP…ALL THIS IS A CRIME!!!

  • Monika Moudrá says:

    please, stop this!!!! HELP!!!!

  • Cassia Leet says:

    The cruelty humans do to animals in the name of science!! There are many Americans who starve themselves that can be used in these studies instead! We already know that HEALTHY eating of normal sized portions is the way for huans to have optimal health… It’s the food industry that’s making people sick…With GMO’s, pesticides , white flour white sugar and the corn syrup in everything that’s making people sick! Stop experimenting on helpless animals… Makes me cry to think of their tortured lives for the sake of “funded” studies for science !

  • Cassia Leet says:

    The cruelty humans do to animals in the name of science!! There are many Americans who starve themselves that can be used in these studies instead! We already know that HEALTHY eating of normal sized portions is the way for huans to have optimal health… It’s the food industry that’s making people sick…With GMO’s, pesticides , white flour white sugar and the corn syrup in everything that’s making people sick! Stop experimenting on helpless animals… Makes me cry to think of their tortured lives for the sake of “funded” studies for science !

  • robert paule says:

    je suis contre ces experiences

  • Jenny Martinez says:

    Please stop this madness. NO need to continue with useless test and destroying such precious lifs.

  • Nicole Cook says:

    Disgusting!!!

  • Regina Jobelius says:

    stop wasting money and cruel experiments on animals

  • Jocelyn Dorgan says:

    Leave these poor creatures alone!

  • Anja De Craecker says:

    Help these animals please!

  • rls2457 says:

    stop wasting our tax dollars on cruel and pointless experiments on animals.