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Terrorizing Monkeys With Mr. Potato Head

Written by PETA | November 30, 2010

Just when you thought experiments on animals couldn’t get any more cruel or absurd, the good folks at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) managed to come up with an experiment on baby monkeys that’s so cruel and ridiculous it might even give Harry “Monster Mother” Harlow pause.

ONPRC experimenter Kevin Grove is spending $750,000 in taxpayer money per year to make monkeys fat and play mind games with their babies. First he feeds pregnant monkeys unhealthy high-fat diets. After the babies are born (many preterm babies are cut out of their mothers’ wombs and immediately killed so that their brains can be dissected), he attempts to scare the bejeezus out of them by putting things in their cages that he knows they are afraid of, including Mr. Potato Head dolls. Yes, you read that right. If that doesn’t do the trick, he engages the baby monkeys in staring contests. Yes, you read that right too.

The breathtaking conclusion of this baby-bullying in the name of science? Monkeys who are born to mothers who ate high-fat diets are more easily stressed and frightened than babies born to mothers who ate healthy diets. Gee, couldn’t he have hung out at the local McDonald’s and learned the same thing? 

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Animal.Lover says:

    This is beyond inhumane.

  • Dava says:

    One would assume that the results from this experiment would be inaccurate due to the fact that they are already stressed from being separated from their mothers to a, let’s say, approx. 2’x3′ metal cage. These cruel experimentations are useless and a waste of animals life and tax payers money.

  • William H. says:

    Well I like Potato Head, but not thiss.

  • Sara Holt says:

    Is it possible to experiment on the cruel experimentors??

  • Gala says:

    What’s the point of this kind of thing? Wouldn’t any animal be stressed if you did something like that to them? It just goes to show that some people have no compassion for anything but themselves.

  • carmen says:

    those people are so disgusting that do thoe cruel things. they are not doing it for science they do it because they are sick qand enjoy torturing living beings. if they could they would do it to humas also but hey can’t so they go to babies. bunch of cowards. wish all of them would die.

  • Toby says:

    The humans involved in these experiments should do prison time.