Mary Matalin: NIH Spent $30 Million on WHAT?

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin has penned a scathing column lambasting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its cruel and wasteful maternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys that PETA recently exposed. She describes the experiments as “a multimillion-dollar government boondoggle.”

NIH has spent $30 million in tax dollars over just the last seven years to breed hundreds of monkeys who have been genetically manipulated to be prone to depression and other mental illnesses. Half of the monkeys are taken from their mothers at birth, never returned, and subjected to years of distressing and even painful experiments at NIH—all designed to cause, worsen, and measure the monkeys’ severe anxiety, fear, aggression, depression, and other psychological illnesses.

Matalin says that as “a decent person and a mother,” she found video footage from the laboratory, which shows baby monkeys cowering, shrieking, crying, and trying to flee from their tormenters, “painful to watch.”

Matalin’s piece comes in the wake of NIH Director Francis Collins’ absurd attempt to blame the agency’s failure to develop an Ebola vaccine on budget cuts. As Matalin notes in her piece, “the issue isn’t so much the size of NIH’s budget as it is the institute’s judgment about the best way to spend its money.”

Matalin points out that although “Dr. Jane Goodall and other scientists, physicians and mental-health professionals have concluded that this costly project has never helped people with mental illness,” the experiments have been funded through 2017.

“In other words, 30 years of bullying baby monkeys on the American taxpayers’ dime hasn’t helped humans, so the obvious solution is to throw more money at the monkey experiments,” writes Matalin. “And we wonder why we don’t have a vaccine to protect us against Ebola.”

To read Matalin’s piece in its entirety, click here.

What You Can Do

Tell NIH to stop breeding and terrorizing baby monkeys in maternal deprivation experiments immediately. Let friends, family members, and coworkers know that NIH is wasting taxpayer dollars on cruel and pointless experiments.

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