National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins was taken aback last night during his address at the Association for Molecular Pathology’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Just minutes into his speech, two PETA supporters interrupted the director’s presentation to inform everyone in attendance that NIH tears newborn monkeys away from their mothers and intentionally terrorizes them in experiments that are designed to cause and worsen the infants’ severe fear, depression, and anxiety.
Holding signs that read, “Collins: Stop Abusing Baby Monkeys” and “Collins: End NIH Tests on Baby Monkeys,” the women were quickly escorted out—but not before they informed a room full of his peers that NIH uses taxpayers’ money to bully babies and called on Collins to stop the experiments immediately.
Watch this video of the disruption, shot by another PETA supporter:
Collins attempted to deflect the protesters’ concerns, commenting that the worst day of his life in recent memory was when PETA supporters had his phones ringing off the hook. Collins might have put things into perspective: We’re guessing that the worst day in the baby monkeys’ lives was when they were permanently removed from their mothers.
Please join us in demanding an end to this institutionalized child abuse.