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Victory! Army to Discharge Monkeys From Lab

Written by PETA | October 13, 2011
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In a huge victory for vervet monkeys, U.S. military officials have confirmed that the Army is ending cruel and archaic monthly training exercises at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in which monkeys are poisoned with a drug overdose that makes them suffer from violent seizures in a crude demonstration of the effects of nerve-agent exposure. Instead of abusing terrified monkeys, Aberdeen—the only Army base in the country that uses animals for this training—will now use human patient simulators, just as every other military facility already does. The move follows months of vigorous campaigning by PETA.

PETA’s campaign against the barbaric chemical casualty training exercises included a series of protests this week outside the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army. Supporters of this effort included veterans, physicians, active service members, and actor Woody Harrelson, who sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno. Many others have also been protesting at Army recruitment centers, flooding the offices of Army officials with e-mails and phone calls, and even gathering outside the homes of Army officials affiliated with the monkey lab. One PETA member even disrupted a speaking event last week by Aberdeen’s commanding general, Nick Justice.

Please send an e-mail to Maj. Gen. Nick Justice to thank him for this compassionate decision and ask that he ensure that the transition to simulators be made immediately.


Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • Christine says:

    Stop cruelty! We need to protect the animals! 阿弥陀佛..

  • Lana Bahumes says:

    Monkeys should never be used for any kind of testing. They deserve the right to live their lives just like we do.

  • doreen kramer says:

    stop now !!!

  • ANGIE FRITZ says:

    I want to know what i can do to help.. God bless you xoxo

  • mace de vries says:

    It is not human to use poor and depended animals which cannot speak up for themselves, for cruel experiments! We need to speak up for them, so please stop this awfull torture from these beautifull creatures. they also have a right for a life without stress and pain…THANK YOU!

  • Andrus says:

    thank u peta for sharing information with us

  • Muriel Servaege says:

    Thank you for that great news. Congratulations to PETA!Good job!

  • Catherine Caminade says:

    Congratulations Peta, Bravo ! We must protect animals, they are so innocent.

  • Carrie Melas says:

    Congratulations to PETA and its people behind it and to all the people who do what is possible to help out supporting PETA. PETA is our leader having ways, knowledge and experience. Whatever petition is needed I will gladly sign in. By the way, my being new in the internet, my outlook express mail doesn’t work yet so I sent -answering to PETA’s recommendation- a thank you e-mail to general Nick Justice through gmail.I hope he receives it. I also want not just to congratulate PETA but to give a great THANKS to PETA for working so hard for such a really good cause. People say that People come first and we should be concerned about people around the world suffering from various reasons. But speaking out and standing up for people is more or less “being taken care of” by many humanitarian organisations. Besides, people can more or less defend themselves. Animals CAN’T. PETA has become their voice. GOD BLESS YOU ALL in PETA.

  • Linda says:

    This is good news. However, to USarmyinfantry, I don’t buy a word you say, other than when you say “test animals” and, no, they are NOT needed in this day and age for ANY tests. Animal testing is a disgrace for any of our services to partake in.

  • tom sczesnik says:

    This listing of the army, is just to much to handle. I was told all my life( I,M NOW 70) and I’m teaching 14 grand children and 4 great grand to love and be a good this about the army it frosted me to not take part in any army activities. BUT THEN two wrongs don’t make it correct. OH, one of the 10 comandments is THOW shallnot kill. BUT WE MUST PROTECT ALL FROM WARM> AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • USarmyinfantry says:

    Good for the monkeys. It’s nice that they’re not using animals for purely simulation tests. That doesn’t mean that we should stop using them for other tests. And we don’t abuse animals in the Army. We treat all of our test animals very well. And besides most of our experimentation is behavioral and mental. Not chemical.

  • rufus says:

    stop being cruel to all animals thats not cool at all its very very ugly

  • Andreja says:

    Thank you so much! Worth the fight!

  • Christelle Phoenix. says:

    Congratulations PETA!

  • SusanM says:

    This is a HUGE victory!!! These monkeys will finally be free from torment. Congratulations to PETA and all the people who earnestly protested at various Army centers. I am so happy about this news. We need to keep pushing to liberate other animals who still suffer at the hands of humans!

  • natasha gauvreau says:

    wow! beautiful! and super! good job. i will sign many more petition to help u out…I am proud to be a part of it.;)

  • Penny-Ann Singer says:

    Brilliant news, WELL DONE PETA! One down, yet a fair way to go, to educate people everywhere.

  • simon says:

    im very happy to hear it

  • Pavla says:

    The best news!!!!

  • Debbie says:

    Thanks for a job well done! If the monkeys could speak they are rejoicing to being saved from the torture & death that could have been & the sadness,tears & regret for the ones that it was too late for!

  • Tamara says:

    Thank you PETA. The ARMY is by the way not at all sorry about their cruelty – they are only sorry they got caught and harassed. They would have continued. CONGRATS :o)

  • Monicaa says:

    This is a excellent. Animals needn’t be treated inhumanely just for the sake of the army training. Animals should be respected and treated kindly. They wouldn’t understand why they are being punished. Please continue saving animals’ lives, PETA! You are their best friend!

  • Josue Hernandez says:

    one step at a time we will make this world a better place to live in for humanity and animal kind no more will animals suffer in the hand stupid heartless people

  • Caro says:

    That is great! We can make a difference!

  • Fadin says:

    Is there anyway to be certain the monkeys they already have will be turned over to zoos or sanctuaries? While I don’t like zoos in general, it’s got to be better for them then just being terminated As a obsolete test subject. (yes, now we got our cake, I want ice cream.)

  • Smokey says:

    Wonderful work, PETA and friends…..there is never an excuse for a civilized society to torture any creature, since it is totally unnecessary. Since there cannot be another Ghandi, we are fortunate to have PETA follow in his footsteps.

  • Vicky Slay says:

    WOW Finually a victory. Good news for the animal world and those who care about them.

  • David Faria III says:

    Congrats, PETA!! Excllent!!

  • Edgar m says:

    Yay so happy

  • Amaire says:

    thank you so much!

  • Dmoonme1 says:

    Candice: I have two grandsons in the US Marine Corps, and neither one of them has ever heard of your pig story. Can you verify this? I am interested.

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  • Gundl says:

    Wow ! Congrats, PETA. They do listen ! I am proud to be a PETAist and sharing this HUGE victory. PETA you are the most effective on all fronts. Animal a busers, listen up PETA is going to get ya too.

  • Candice says:

    The United States Marine Corps usues pigs for their combat life savers course. They stab the pigs and marines have to try and save their lives. This is not done on base, but is by the military

  • Sandra Martinho says:

    Hapinessssss!!! Great Fabulous, Enourmous!!!!

  • Catherine Shea says:

    awesome news for creatures great and small! Another victory for the humane treatment of all animals!

  • Pam says:

    Please sign a petition to help cut funding for invasive tests on chimpanzees: Tell your friends, tweet, and facebook! We need 25,000 signatures by 11/4/11 and need your help!

  • KarenT1024 says:

    This is great news. What will happen to the monkeys? Where will they go?

  • claudette says:

    this is great news … thank you Nick Justice

  • Natalie says:

    these isNOT fair to them

  • Matt says:

    The bad news is the Monkeys are being replaced by simple Jack.

  • Darcy says:

    That is awesome news!!! Great job PETA!!! But to randy who commented that he believes in animal experimentation,you are so wrong. What kind of person could willingly torture an animal? Have you no compassion?

  • vickie henry says:

    i am soo over this !!when will people get it ! you just dont do thus stuff

  • Yolanda says:


  • LH Ng says:

    The world is a better place for those poor animals for people like you and PETA! Thank you!

  • Kim says:

    I have been following this story and praying for these poor monkey’s. As I type this, tears of joy fall from my eyes for this monumental achievement. THANK YOU PETA and everyone else involved. Woody Harrilson is my new hero!

  • Emily says:

    Well done on such a wonderful victory!!! Hopefully many more to come!!! I am even more proud to be a PETA member 🙂

  • moreno d'angelo says:

    it’s a shame. stop kill. peace.