The relationship between early-life stressors such as maternal deprivation
and adolescent anxiety and depression has long been established in humans.
Furthermore, researchers have noted that human anxiety disorders are complex
phenomena and that "the chance of creating animal models which
consistently reflect the human situation is quite poor."1 The
suffering of the animals tormented in these wasteful studies makes them both
scientifically and ethically unjustifiable considering the human data that have
been acquired on this topic.
Judy Cameron, an experimenter at ONPRC, separates infant monkeys from their
mothers at different ages and under slightly different circumstances to see how
it affects their development, behavior, and mental health later in life. As
with the first 50 years of maternal-deprivation studies, made famous by Harry
Harlow, deprivation causes serious psychological suffering for these animals.
We have known for decades that the legacy of maternal deprivation lasts a
ONPRC experimenter Kathy Grant starves monkeys in order to get them to "voluntarily"
consume alcohol, observes their drinking behavior, and then kills them in order
to study the effects of drinking on the body and "to determine the
influence of genetic composition, sex, age, and stress on the risk for heavy
drinking."2 The results of one of her most recent studies are
telling: The effects of alcohol on monkeys' livers "compare well with the
changes observed in liver function in human alcohol abusing subjects."3
In other words, Grant is merely replicating what is already known about the
effects of alcohol on humans.
The adverse effects of maternal nicotine consumption on fetal lung
development have been well documented in human epidemiological studies.4
According to a recent study, scientists should be working to improve clinical
monitoring and educational efforts in order to prevent prenatal nicotine
exposure altogether.5 This is the only way to truly alleviate the
Yet ONPRC's Eliot Spindel has squandered more than $7.6 million in taxpayer
money since 1992 for experiments that entail impregnating monkeys, injecting
them with dangerous levels of nicotine, and then delivering their babies
pre-term via Caesarian section. After delivery, the newborns are immediately taken
away from their mothers, have their lung functioning measured, and are killed
and mutilated in order to remove their lungs—all after just one day of life.
The links between maternal
obesity before, during, and after pregnancy and negative health outcomes
in children have been well established in human clinical studies. The offspring
of mothers who are overweight have increased chances of suffering from obesity,
heart disease, diabetes, cancer (and a variety of other comorbid illnesses),
and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ONPRC experimenter Kevin Grove induces obesity and diabetes in female
monkeys by feeding them a high-fat, high-calorie diet (which, according to our
undercover investigator, consists of water, oil, lard, beef tallow, and butter)
and studies the effects on the long- and short-term body weight of their
offspring. This project began in July 2007 and is scheduled to run through
Twenty-five years of failed animal testing have shown that
nonhuman primates are not a good model for AIDS. All of the more
than 85 vaccines for HIV/AIDS that were developed using animals and shown to be
safe and effective in monkeys have failed in human trials because they either didn't
work or were dangerous. In some cases, they made humans more vulnerable to the
virus. As far
back as 1987, renowned AIDS researcher Dr. Allen Goldstein of George
Washington University stated, "The sooner we begin testing on humans, the
sooner we'll hopefully be able to develop a vaccine."8
Yet experimenters Michael K. Axthelm and Scott Wong continue to perform HIV/AIDS
experiments on rhesus monkeys. As a result of their experiments in which they infect
monkeys with AIDS-like diseases, the animals suffer acute weight loss, major
organ failure, breathing problems, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.