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Grief Counselors Comfort Torturers After Chimp-Killing

Written by PETA | March 14, 2008

Not even kidding. According to The Austin American Statesman, grief counselors were made available to employees of the University of Texas Keeling Animal Research Center after an adult chimpanzee who escaped from the experimentation facility was shot and killed near the campus. Anyone else find it odd that employees of a facility that cages animals and performs cruel experiments on them against their will would need specialists to comfort them when the animals die due to their facility’s negligence?

PETA filed a formal complaint today, calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the laboratory for alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failure to ensure that personnel are qualified to perform their duties and failure to provide structurally sound housing for nonhuman primates. Here’s what PETA Primate Specialist Dr. Debra Durham told the media:

“Chimpanzees are intelligent, sensitive, and resourceful—they shouldn’t be incarcerated in laboratories in the first place. Research on chimpanzees is banned in many countries. The very least that this laboratory can do is ensure that these animals have safe living spaces.”

Which doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment, given that this is the second chimpanzee escape from the facility in the past six months. You’d almost think these animals don’t want to be there.

Maybe they can send in a team of basic human decency counselors along with the grief folks. Just a thought.

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  • Alejandra fernández Meiji says:

    Please STOP THE KILLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’m disgusted with my city.

  • antigone1000 says:

    Karen You’re not a nut case as stated by meanjean. I wish more people were as passionately against animal cruelty as you seem to be. AR people need to have a more united front against these abuses and if it takes war to change things then so be it. Cruelty to animals cannot continue like this.

  • camille says:

    These cold blooded callous people will get their punishments someday it is just matter of time. I really believe in karma. They have done so many evil deeds and have so much innocent animals’ blood in their hands the victims’ souls will not rest in peace until the justice is served to those guilty perpetrators. Where is God? If there were a God why does God allow these evil humans to continue to commit such unspeakable horrendous crimes? Animals are suffering in all corners of the world animal abuse is a global crime and it will continue because so many people just “don’t care” and turn the blind eye. Camille VA

  • meanjean says:

    Karen you are a nut case should be locked up for your own protection. And it is CHIC not sheik. Get educated.

  • lynda downie says:

    Where were the grief counsellors when this little guy’s mother lost her baby? In gratitude to you for all you endured. Nightlittle brother.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Carla! Sorry I did not make myself clear I was not talking about the vivisectors. I was talking about the veterinarians I used to work for. They were there to make sick animals better and they sure could have used some fancy medicine at an affordable price! The vivisectors I agree I have no idea how anyone could be so demented and torture these poor animals that were born and stolen just to live in a cage and be brutalized. Disgusting and unacceptable!!

  • Carla says:

    Maya I wish the picture was that pretty just check out vivisectors of the week right here on Peta blogs! You’ll find it’s a bunch of BS! Vivisectors are NOT scientists they’re NOT trying to find CURES. They’re a bunch of sick sadistic F hiding behind their passion to murder and calling it “science” “experiments”!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Anonymous Hello! I just wanted to say that as a vet tech I saw many animals be euthanized who would have benefited from experimental drugs and procedures that are now being forced upon many lab animals. Most pet owners cannot afford to give expensive treatment to pets with broken spines incontinence cancer etc. It would greatly benefit pets and owners if they could be given a second chance with procedures that could save their lives and reduce their suffering! I saw it with my own 2 eyes when dogs came in with arthritis. They “tested” glucosomine on dogs with arthritis and it worked wonders! It took off in the human world soon afterwards. Both dog and human benefitted greatly! Just a thought!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    ANONYMOUS I’m starting to have second thoughts about what I said about you on the “800 Dogs Seized” board. Maybe you should volunteer yourself for research. Did you not know that there are other ways for researching than using animals? This information is right here on Peace!

  • Anonymous says:

    What should we test on instead of animals? I completely understand your unhappiness with these facilities and am appalled by conditions these animals live in and are tested in however.

  • Caroline says:

    When will there ever come a time when we shall see no more of those cruel experiments hunting poaching slaughter bloodshed all in all where clearly humans just want to show that they can and like they have the right to dominate animals??? To the chimp who was shot dead..lov u buddy…

  • Margarita says:

    I can only say that I feel so bad for all the animals held in captivity in laboratories and being subjected to painful experiments

  • Jessie says:

    In some sense I’m glad that the suffering of the poor animal is over. I only wish that the suffering could have stopped in a better way.

  • Karen Saucedo says:

    I’m glad he was killed. WHY? Because he was THIER PROPERTY and if he hadn’t been killed they would have taken him back to what he escaped from. He’s at peace now thank God! I cannot comprehend how anyone can cage or otherwise restrain a helpless living being and torture it and torture it and torture it……..over and over and over……I’ve seen doctors LAUGH about what they were doing. I’ve seen conscious apes have their fronts zipped open with scalpels I’ve seen pigs burned with acetyline torches. I’ve seen dogs shot. I’ve seen animals restrained in contraptions so they can’t move just to see how fast they go crazy from it… No human being worth an ounce of its blood or bone would do that to another living thing. And we do these things so “human” GARBAGE can wear fur coats? For hair dyes? For medications for people who smoke and eat like hogs???? There will come a time I hope in the not too distant future when outright war will be declared against these facilities their operators and the staff who choose to make torture their career. That isn’t a pipe dream It WILL happen. In a modern world hideous acts will not go unanswered forever. It wasn’t long ago that furwearing was considered sheik that no one new the moral cost of a piece of veal that people didn’t realize the DEAD FLESH they purchase in markets for their dinner and the milk they give they children is filled with antibiotics and growth hormones. It wasn’t long ago that cigarettes were touted to be “soothing for your throat” and actors dressed as doctors puffed away in commercials….. TImes change and now is the time to take AIM as a united front against these research facilities…these houses of horror where things worse than anything we can dream of in our worse nightmares take place daily.

  • shelby says:

    why try to them! comfort they let the little punks deal with it on there own!! that chimp should have pulled some buttkickin’ moves on those chumps!

  • Kelley says:

    Maybe “grief counselors” were needed to “comfort” slave holders Nazi guards and the Chinese govt. officials who gave to order to beat and kill Tibetan monks who were demonstrating yesterday. Give me a break.

  • Tamara says:

    “Youd almost think these animals dont want to be there.” Oh Jack such a sick sense of humor. Makes your point very well. and the human decency counselors is right on!

  • Kristy says:

    Ok you guys I can almost see how employees would become attached to the chimps they work with and I do not feel that everyone working there is 100 evil and deserves to die. Come on people. However I am appalled that the police officer shot that poor animal. What a moron. That’s what happens when you give stupid people guns. They use them.

  • John Carbonaro says:

    I went to the Keeling research site and found the answer. Some of their research involved studying the physiologic and immunologic consequences of “research manipulations” on chimps voluntarily trained to cooperate with the research procedures vs wild chimps that would need sedation. What they did to gain cooperation was to foster bonding with the researchers. Compassion became a matter of research policy a “methodology” of science. So i guess some of those researchers who were grieving were in part research subjects themselves now weren’t they?

  • Brandon Becker says:

    “Maybe they can send in a team of basic human decency counselors along with the grief folks.” I concur.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Gee I wonder what these babies were running from. I would so very much love to be one that would comfort those that needs this. I would sit down with them and speak slow but precise. And then when these poor suffering humans felt at peace I would very slowly wrap a mans tie around their necks and pull until they had no breath left in them. I refer to this as JUSTICE. LET THIS BE A WARNING! Peace!!!!!

  • John Carbonaro says:

    This research center focuses a lot on cancer research and perhaps their psuedoattachment to the animals which i’m almost sure is not mutualcomes from projecting onto them some sort of “partnership” in fighting this disease. A less generous explanation is that they want to display a media front as “caring” people who happen to be researchers who are able to utilize “just enough” professional detachment to carry out their passionate goals. Maybe they were really upset at all the time and money that just got wasted with a single shot.

  • Ana says:

    Poor creature!!! All he was trying to do was escape his torturers sounds intelligent to me. The incessant cruel experiments that never seem to end is what he was trying to escape. Oh that’s right they call it “science”. Nazi style science. Animal Liberation Now!!! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Carla says:

    Boy oh Boy!! This world is fricked up! And WHY shoot him or her! He’s a hero in my books and should have been shot instead with a traquilizer and sent to a sanctuary. Or is it because heher is from a research lab and deemed unfit according to the shooters. Best to kill it wouldn’t want anyone to get sick now would we? So how do you think they feel. Rest In Peace now big buddy!!