Updates: Campaign to End Deadly Marmoset Experiments at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst

At the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass), experimenter Agnès Lacreuse drills holes into the skulls of small marmosets, threads electrode leads through their abdomens, zip-ties them into restraining devices, and overheats them with hand warmers to simulate hot flashes associated with menopause—which they don’t even experience naturally. PETA is urging the university to ditch these crude and painful tests—and you can help.

UMass President Confronted by Monkey Defender at Alumni Event Outside Arizona Cardinals’ Stadium

December 12, 2022

As UMass President Marty Meehan arrived at an NFL pregame alumni reception at the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a PETA supporter asked him why he continues to allow the torturous menopause experiments on tiny monkeys who don’t naturally experience the transition. Meehan conveniently shifted the blame by explaining that he doesn’t make any decisions regarding experiments, claiming that it’s the responsibility of the chancellor. As the president was asked about the millions of dollars the university has received for the junk science experiments, security guards swarmed the advocate, who was knocked to the ground. At one point, a security guard pulled on the advocate’s shirt so hard that it ripped. Watch the video here.

PETA Supporters Detained After Confronting UMass Experimenter Agnès Lacreuse

November 16, 2022

Monkey advocates invaded the University of Michigan’s Pharmacology Seminar Series, where they confronted experimenter Agnès Lacreuse, interrupting her seminar titled “The Marmoset as a Model for Neurocognitive Aging and Women’s Health Research.” As Lacreuse began discussing the gruesome menopause experiments that she conducts, a PETA supporter stole the show and the mic to address Lacreuse as a “model of failed science.” The UMass experimenter shouted at the animal advocates that her “marmosets are very happy” and that her “studies are ethical,” but the torture and killing that every marmoset endures in her lab tell a vastly different story. Watch the video footage here.

Elvira Condemns Cruel Experiments on Marmosets

October 31, 2022

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark—whose real name is Cassandra Peterson—is shedding some light on a real-life house of horrors. The actor, feminist hero, and longtime PETA ally has just sent a letter to University of Massachusetts–Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, urging him to pull the plug on lethal marmoset experiments that purportedly study menopause—which, unlike Peterson, the animals don’t even experience naturally.

“Maybe I’m just having a hot flash, but this cruel waste really makes my blood boil,” she writes. “And it has cost taxpayers $4.4 million. Seriously? This all sounds like a horror film cooked up during a night sweat. . . .

“Menopause is not for the weak. Believe me, I’ve been through it and I know,” she continues. “But it’s not for monkeys, either. These experiments could be done in a kinder, more human-relevant way by studying women who actually experience menopause.”

elvira in circle with pink colors and marmoset on tree branch© iStock.com/NeilBowman

Second Attempt by UMass to Silence Monkey Advocates During Homecoming Week Fails

October 29, 2022

UMass’ attempt to thwart PETA from speaking out against the deadly menopause experiments during Homecoming week has failed for two years in a row now. UMass officials informed PETA that we weren’t allowed to protest at a Homecoming event again this year, but donors attending the Chancellor’s Donor Appreciation Breakfast were still welcomed by animal advocates handing out leaflets. In addition, the entrance to the building where the breakfast was being served was lined with stuffed marmosets in cages symbolizing the dozens of marmosets imprisoned in a UMass laboratory. The donors were grateful to see supporters raising awareness of the cruel monkey experiments, and many of them thanked us for being there.

Local Massachusetts Newspaper Runs Ad Exposing UMass’ Backward Science

October 20, 2022

Today, over 60,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses received an issue of The Reminder newspaper that includes an ad highlighting detailed information about the torment experimenters in the UMass lab subject monkeys to, including invasive surgeries, sleep disruption, and fluid deprivation.

‘Star Wars’ Actor Daisy Ridley Slams UMass Over Monkey Lab

October 19, 2022

British actor Daisy Ridley was appalled to learn that UMass experimenters perform deadly menopause experiments on marmosets named after beloved Star Wars characters. Ridley, who starred as Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, immediately sent a letter to Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy expressing her dismay and urging him to end the experiments and send the marmosets to a reputable sanctuary. The New York Post debuted the story and the disturbing video of Rey, a monkey who was imprisoned in Agnès Lacreuse’s laboratory. Read the full article here.

Daisy Ridley next to marmosets in cage

Local Newspaper Runs Opinion Piece Highlighting UMass’ Useless Menopause Tests

October 19, 2022

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran a beautifully written op-ed by Sheryl Becker, president of Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates. It highlights the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars for the cruel and pointless monkey menopause experiments in Lacreuse’s laboratory, money that could instead be invested in human-relevant, animal-free research to improve women’s health. Read the opinion piece here.

On World Menopause Day, PETA Premieres a Devastating Graphic That Depicts How UMass Torments Marmosets in Useless Experiments

October 18, 2022

On World Menopause Day (October 18), a day to raise awareness of menopause, we released this stunning new infographic that highlights the absurdity and cruelty of the menopause experiments on monkeys conducted by University of Massachusetts experimenter Agnès Lacreuse. Not only does she force menopausal symptoms on female marmoset monkeys, who don’t naturally go through the transition, she also uses male monkeys as controls to study menopause! Speak up for the monkeys imprisoned in her laboratory.

PETA Slaps UMass With Lawsuit for Attempting to Hide Public Records

September 13, 2022

UMass is trying to keep the public in the dark about the grisly marmoset monkey experiments being conducted in experimenter Agnes Lacreuse’s laboratory, going as far as refusing to provide public records that PETA requested. PETA filed a lawsuit with Suffolk County Superior Court in Massachusetts to demand transparency of the taxpayer-funded experiments, including videos of monkeys in stressful social separation tests and a video in which hand warmers are forcefully held on the monkeys’ abdomens. Read more here.

Brand-New UMass Students Shown the Truth About Monkey Tests on Campus

September 6, 2022

PETA made sure all the new students starting fall semester learned about the university’s appalling monkey menopause experiments. Video footage from the laboratory was displayed on a mobile billboard, and posters were put up all around campus. We raised awareness at the New Student Convocation event, where we passed out leaflets and our reusable “UMass: End Marmoset Experiments” cups to hundreds of students. Students were disgusted to hear about the experiments being conducted at their new university and were eager to learn more about how they could help end the monkeys’ suffering.

PETA Activist Confronts UMass Chancellor About Monkey Experiments

September 3, 2022

Immediately following Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy’s free-speech presentation on campus, an activist asked him why he had abruptly shut down talks with PETA scientists about ending the university’s gruesome menopause monkey experiments and shifting to a human-relevant, animal-free research program. Subbaswamy had the chance to practice what he preaches, but he refused to discuss the matter. It appears that when experiments rake in over $4 million in taxpayer funds, the chancellor stops caring about free speech. See his reaction here.

New UMass Faculty Educated About Monkey Experiments at Orientation

August 31, 2022

PETA activists disrupted UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy’s presentation during the annual New Faculty Orientation to teach the brand-new university staff about the monkey torture experiments being conducted at their workplace and to demand that the chancellor call for an end to the experiments before he retires at the end of June.

PETA Depicts Menopause Monkey Lab: The Dark Side of UMass

August 18, 2022

There’s a dark side to UMass, where greed, secrecy, and killing abound. UMass experimenter Agnès Lacreuse was pulled into it, like a real-life Darth Vader. There’s no doubt the tiny marmoset monkeys, whom she named after Star Wars characters, viewed her as a villain when she drilled into their skulls, cut them open, and forced hand warmers onto their bodies before killing them. Read the full story of Anakin, a marmoset imprisoned and killed in the UMass lab, here.

Starwars parody of UMass lab

‘UMass Chancellor, Retire the Monkey Lab on Your Way Out,’ Says PETA

June 30, 2022

Following the announcement that UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will retire in June 2023, PETA has urged him to retire the school’s shameful marmoset monkey laboratory, too, and release the monkeys to reputable sanctuaries. The chancellor should take advantage of his remaining time at the university and seize this opportunity to leave a legacy that confirms his stated commitment to “create a better, more just world.”

Animal Advocates Storm UMass’ New York City Alumni Event

June 21, 2022

PETA supporters, led by protesters with firsthand knowledge of menopause, crashed through the doors of the UMass alumni reception at Chelsea Piers in New York City—moments before Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy took the mic to address the attendees—demanding an end to the monkey menopause experiments. They held signs reading, “Chancellor Subbaswamy: Ban Cruel Marmoset Tests” and “End Monkey Torture in My Name,” while exposing the torment inflicted on monkeys at UMass. Watch the full video here.

Local Activists Surprise UMass President During Conference Presentation

June 17, 2022

PETA supporters speaking out against the monkey menopause experiments paid UMass President Marty Meehan another surprise visit—this time at a higher education summit in Boston. During his keynote presentation, “Higher Education and the Quest for a Better Tomorrow,” supporters marched right into the meeting room and confronted Meehan through a bullhorn about why he continues to allow cruel monkey experiments at his institution. Until he truly seeks a “better tomorrow” by ending the monkey torture at UMass, he will continue to hear from animal advocates.

Monkey Crusaders Line Entrance to ‘UMass in the City’ Alumni Event

June 8, 2022

PETA supporters greeted attendees at the entrance of the “UMass in the City” alumni event in Washington, D.C., to shine a light on the university’s cruel and deadly monkey experiments. While UMass served appetizers and drinks to guests on a rooftop bar, advocates spoke up for the monkeys locked in Lacreuse’s laboratory, who are enduring the same fear, isolation, and loneliness that they’ve experienced their entire lives.

UMass Monkey Escape Hidden From Feds; PETA Files Complaint

May 26, 2022

Records obtained by PETA reveal that a marmoset’s escape in the UMass laboratory in 2017 went unreported to federal agencies—and that the mishandling of primates has only intensified since then. PETA filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health, urging them to investigate the school’s possible violations of animal welfare regulations and guidelines as well as its failure to comply with reporting requirements. Read more about UMass’ incompetency here.

Caged PETA ‘Monkeys’ Rattle UMass’ Graduation Ceremony

May 13, 2022

In solidarity with the marmoset monkeys who are locked inside Lacreuse’s laboratory, two PETA supporters caged themselves alongside 21 caged stuffed monkeys right outside UMass’ graduation ceremony. Commencement attendees couldn’t miss our striking visual and expressed utter disgust with the grisly menopause experiments.

‘Monkeys’ Invade UMass ‘University Without Walls’ 50th Celebration

April 14, 2022

PETA supporters wearing monkey masks welcomed alumni, students, community leaders, and Massachusetts legislators Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Jim McGovern, and Rep. Kate Hogan to the University Without Walls (UWW) celebration on the UMass campus. The “monkeys” exposed the shameful menopause experiments at the school and highlighted that although the nontraditional online UWW program is progressive, UMass’ experiments on monkeys are still in the Dark Ages.

PETA supporters wearing monkey masks welcomed alumni, students, community leaders, and Massachusetts legislators Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Jim McGovern, and Rep. Kate Hogan to the University Without Walls (UWW) celebration on the UMass campus

Sustained Pressure to Shut Down the Monkey Lab Continues on UMass Campus

April 5, 2022

Local groups UMass Students for Animal Liberation and Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates continue to expose Agnès Lacreuse’s torturous monkey menopause experiments by holding protests and distributing leaflets on campus. Students, faculty, and visitors have been shocked to learn about the suffering marmosets at UMass. Take action to end the experiments here.

PETA Supporters Disrupt Alumni Event Over UMass’ Monkey Menopause Tests

March 7, 2022

UMass President Marty Meehan was noticeably startled when concerned animal advocates confronted him during his speech at a Florida alumni reception to demand an end to the cruel marmoset monkey experiments. PETA supporters told the attendees about the current torture tests at their alma mater while urging the president to shut down the lab. Watch the full disruption here.

umass president meehan during a peta demonstration at an alumni event

Women Send Powerful Message to UMass: ‘Talk to Me. Stop Hurting Marmosets!’

March 1, 2022

UMass experimenter Agnès Lacreuse inflicts symptoms of menopause on defenseless marmoset monkeys—who don’t naturally experience this human condition—by removing their ovaries, giving them hormone-manipulating drugs, and using hand warmers to mimic hot flashes. Women everywhere are demanding an end to these ridiculous experiments by saying, “Talk to me. Stop hurting marmosets!” Watch the powerful video here.

Dear UMass, Show Some Love for Monkeys by Shutting Down the Lab

February 14, 2022

PETA celebrated Valentine’s Day by sending cards to UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, President Marty Meehan, and other university officials, encouraging them to show marmoset monkeys some love by ending Agnès Lacreuse’s heartless menopause experiments.

roses are red, violets are blue, monkeys are suffering, here's what to do

letter to umass chancellor subbaswamy on a valentine's day card

UMass Students and Local Group Speak Out Against the Experiments on Monkeys

February 9, 2022

Students with UMass Students for Animal Liberation, members of Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates, and PETA supporters mobilized at the Student Union to demand an end to useless and archaic experiments on marmoset monkeys. Protesters held eye-catching signs and passed out leaflets to students who were horrified to learn about the cruelty being inflicted on animals on their campus.

Great News! UMass Apparently Nixes Request for Monkey Sleep-Deprivation Experiments

February 8, 2022

Could UMass finally have had enough sense to say NO to one of experimenter Agnès Lacreuse’s heinous experiments? Let’s hope so. Records obtained by PETA show that Lacreuse’s new torture test—in which she planned to blast monkeys with sounds as loud as a lawn mower for six minutes every 15 minutes throughout the night—will not be taking place at the university. Urge UMass officials to shut down the marmoset monkey lab here.

Shocking Marmoset Monkey Lab Video Footage Blasted on UMass Campus

January 27, 2022

Experimenter Agnès Lacreuse and UMass students were welcomed back to campus for the spring semester with a mobile billboard revealing video footage of Lacreuse’s cruel, pointless, and deadly experiments on tiny marmoset monkeys.

peta mobile billboard displays monkey experiments on umass campus

peta mobile billboard displays monkey experiments on umass campus

Ringing in the New Year With Chancellor Subbaswamy

January 10, 2022

The phones in the Office of the Chancellor at UMass were ringing off the hook this week from PETA supporters calling on Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to end the torment of marmoset monkeys in Agnès Lacreuse’s laboratory. We filled up his voicemail multiple times with messages urging him to end the torturous experiments and allow the monkeys to live the rest of their lives free from unnecessary pain. Use your voice today to call for an end to these archaic experiments.

Attempt by UMass to Stop PETA Protest During Homecoming Fails

November 5, 2021

UMass representatives informed PETA that our supporters would not be allowed to protest peacefully on the school’s public campus during this weekend’s homecoming events. But their attempt to silence us failed. A group of 20 supporters of PETA and Western Mass. Animal Rights Advocates gathered at a busy intersection and exposed the torment that monkeys endure in Lacreuse’s laboratory.

Ad: Multiple Federal Violations Detail UMass’ Definition of ‘Love’

October 4, 2021

After Paul Katz, UMass professor and director of neuroscience, claimed that university experimenters “actually love animals a lot,” we ran a full-page ad in The Boston Globe revealing gross negligence in UMass’ treatment of monkeys. Public records obtained by PETA document federal animal welfare violations in the university’s laboratories, resulting in injuries and death for vulnerable marmosets and other animals—a perverse display of “love.”

Ad in Boston Globe about marmoset experiments at UMass Amherst

Casey Affleck and PETA Hold News Conference on UMass Campus to Demand End to Painful Marmoset Experiments

September 13, 2021

The World to Come star Casey Affleck and his mother, Chris Anne Boldt, joined PETA at UMass’ Student Union for a news conference to demand an end to the school’s deadly menopause experiments on marmosets. Immediately afterward, activists marched to the laboratory where the monkeys are being held captive, tormented, and killed. Read more.

Casey Affleck speaks at University of Massachusetts Amherst press conference with PETA

PETA UMass Marmoset Menopause Experiments Protest

Gruesome Marmoset Tests Earn UMass an F in Scathing Back-to-School Ad

September 10, 2021

As UMass students hit the books, PETA’s ad calling out the university for its archaic menopause experiments on vulnerable marmosets hit the pages of the Amherst Bulletin. While UMass struggles to learn the basics—for instance, that faking hot flashes using hand warmers in monkeys who don’t experience menopause is patently absurd—other universities have increasingly advanced to using state-of-the-art, non-animal methods.

‘UMass Murderers!’ PETA Mobile Ad Exposes School’s Archaic Experiments on Monkeys

August 28, 2021

PETA’s attention-grabbing mobile billboard drove through the busy streets of downtown Amherst, Massachusetts, and the neighborhood of UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, slamming the school for caging, tormenting, and killing vulnerable marmosets in painful and pointless experiments.

Baby Mice Drowned, Birds Starved in Devilishly Cruel UMass Laboratories

July 15, 2021

Animals imprisoned in University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass) laboratories—aka “hell on Earth”—endure horrors that would make Satan squeal with delight. Day-old baby mice drowned, zebra finches starved, and zebrafish died of overheating because of the negligence and carelessness of UMass employees, as documented in public records obtained by PETA. Read more about the diabolical cruelty in UMass laboratories.

PETA Blog: UMass Experimenter’s Make-Believe Science Wouldn’t Even Pass Muster on the Playground

May 19, 2021

Marmosets don’t experience menopause, but UMass experimenter Agnès Lacreuse has hauled in more than $3.8 million in taxpayers’ hard-earned money to play pretend. She’s devised a trick so preposterous that even the first graders sitting in the sandbox are giving her side eye: She uses hand warmers on the tiny monkeys to mimic hot flashes. Don’t miss the whispers in the schoolyard—get the scoop here.

Ads Urge UMass to Stop Clinging to Medieval Methods and Embrace 21st Century Research

May 15, 2021

PETA’s incisive full-page ads in The Boston Globe and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, which were seen by Massachusetts residents perusing their morning paper the weekend of May 15, pressure UMass to resume negotiations with PETA about swapping its archaic animal experiments for modern methods. University officials had previously met with PETA scientists to discuss reducing suffering in their laboratories but then slammed the door on further dialog.

UMass Backward Science Ad

PETA’s Exhibit Highlights the Plight of Nonconsenting Animals Exploited in Experiments

May 6, 2021

Spotlighting the stories of animals who have been cut open, poisoned, maimed, and killed in a century of painful and deadly experiments, PETA’s “Without Consent” exhibit challenges institutions—including UMass—to rethink this exploitative, expensive, cruel, and archaic idea of science and replace it with state-of-the-art, animal-free research. The traveling exhibit dropped by the Amherst North Town Common, but you don’t have to be anywhere near Massachusetts to view it virtually.

Demand That UMass Stop Mutilating Marmosets

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