As National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins prepared to deliver his keynote speech at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference, a group of PETA supporters gathered outside the convention center to protest NIH’s much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys, which Dr. Collins has failed to stop.
“Compassionate attendees at a pediatrics conference will be appalled by the thought of hundreds of baby monkeys being torn from their mothers at birth to have a life of depression, stress, trauma, and addiction,” said PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “PETA is calling on Dr. Collins to do what’s right by stopping these unethical and wasteful experiments for good.”
As revealed in video footage released by PETA, NIH experimenters breed monkeys to be prone to depression, remove the infants from their mothers at birth to induce trauma, and then subject these young monkeys to years of experiments designed to worsen and measure the babies’ severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments—which have been criticized by Dr. Jane Goodall, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens—have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness but have cost taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.
What You Can Do
Please speak up for these infant monkeys and demand that NIH stop rehashing cruel and irrelevant experiments that were not acceptable 60 years ago and are not acceptable today.