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Vote for Vivisector of the Month

Written by PETA | May 18, 2011

PETA Files readers, it’s your call. Who’s the cruelest monster of them all? The contenders for May’s Vivisector of the Month are vying hard for the title, and animals are suffering for it.

John VandeBerg is the director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas—one of the last laboratories in the world that still torments chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, in cruel and invasive experiments. VandeBerg is even urging the federal government to rip hundreds more chimpanzees out of a peaceful retirement and send them to his laboratory, where these highly intelligent and social beings will spend the rest of their lives confined to what amounts to a prison cell for infectious-disease experiments. And his callousness doesn’t stop with chimpanzees: VandeBerg also torments and kills baboons and opossums to show that a diet high in fat and cholesterol is bad for you. Your tax dollars at work!  

Up against VandeBerg is Aleksey Sobakin, who definitely cannot count sheep to help him sleep at night. He and his cohorts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have spent decades placing hundreds of sheep in a decompression chamber that rapidly reduces air pressure, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the brain, the blood, and other organs. This extremely painful condition—commonly known as “the bends”—killed many of the sheep in clear violation of a Wisconsin cruelty-to-animals law. The sheep who didn’t die during decompression were killed afterward. These hideous experiments were only stopped after PETA and Madison-based Alliance for Animals filed a formal complaint in court and a judge appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the apparent violations of state law.

Who should be “Vivisector of the Month”?customer surveys

After you make your decision, make your voice heard. Ask your congressperson to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, which would keep retired chimpanzees away from VandeBerg and other experimenters. And urge the special prosecutor investigating Sobakin to file charges against him and other culpable experimenters before the statute of limitations runs out.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Jackie says:

    You do realize with your constant harping on about the obesity epidemic, you’re contributing to the work of John Vandeberg, by giving him a reason to do needless research into why people have body diversity. Here’s a clue, it’s called genetics!

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Jon, Where exactly is this “enormous evidence that almost all of it (animal research) is scientifically fraudulent”? The last time I checked human and in vitro research both had prominent examples of researchers publishing fraudulent results (Remember the guy who was recently found to have altered patient data to make it seem that vaccines caused autism?)

  • Joshua says:

    MA Moo: I am with you with this one! I would even torture the villains all by myself if it could stop animal abuse!

  • Carla* says:

    Jon, too smart!! It can work!!

  • Ana A. Garcia says:

    I voted for Sobakin because sheep are so docile and gentle and to do this to them is beyond the pale; it is totallt amoral. But vivisectors are the monsters and Hitlers and Stalins of the animal kingdom and I sincerely hope there is a special place for them in ****.

    Since today is my birthday, May 18,my wish is that all sentient beings are free from violence, cruelty, pain and a horrifying death at the hands of the humans. That all slaughterhouses close down and all wmd for these creatures are destroyed.

  • MA Moo says:

    It is my firm belief that they should perform these “experiments and research” on violent prisoners and leave the innocent animals alone! This is a win, win, win solution, we get rid of violent criminals, reduce prison overcrowding and free the innocents!

  • Jon says:

    I always get extra riled when it comes to vivisection. This is because there is enormous evidence that almost all of it is scientifically fraudulent. Can someone explain to me why Peta does not silently fund activist scientists and physicians to end this lie and avoid the animal atrocity aspect altogether and focus on human medical patient advocacy? This is a great tactic to use but you will have to be willing to spend money and get none in return.A medical research modernization bill could be co-sponsored by Congressmen and woman DeLauro and Kucinich. You then gather disease afflicted patients who demand funds get shifted to areas of research that have proven success rates. Just do it Peta. Am I wrong to say that Peta will never address an animal issue unless it promotes Peta in someway be it fundraising or advertizing?This bill will not get Peta any $$ or publicity but will work to end vivisection.

  • Rat King says:

    The two are horrible! Why should I prefer chimpanzees from sheeps! The sheep has to get the same right in front of the world as the chimpanzee does! It’s a modern thing coming from Jane Goodall to tell people around in Africa to eat goats instead of chimps! This is a very speciesist attitude and I don’t join this wagon! All animals deserve the same respect and why should invasive experimentation just stop on chimpanzees and not on the other animals! I don’t sign anything which doesn’t include the whole animal life! This goes too far now! If chimpanzees are soooo close to humans and nevertheless are no role model for vivisection why then – for God’s sake should the other animals – who are genetically less close to humans – BE a role model! Can someone explain it to me, or is it because Goodall is calling behind our backs the labs telling them to free their chimps and keep rather the other animals! If this is not clarified clearly I shall jump off the animal rights wagon forever, because it becomes speciesism! Furthermore this so-called close genetic relationship between chimps and humans is not true! It was fraud committed by a fanatic evolutionist – it’s everywhere on the web now! i’m strictly against favoritism regarding the different species including humans and chimpanzees! If every animal rights activist starts to favor his preferred species this shall end up in a big fat zero 0!

  • Rory says:

    oohh…. this is a tough one! Each of them so so so bad!!!!! I will be going for JOHN VILLAINBERG!!! I love our primate relatives!