‘Bond’ Producer Urged to Help Lab Monkeys Named After Iconic Film Characters

PETA Pleads in Behalf of 'Goldfinger' and Others Whose Brains Are Cut Up in NIH Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2020

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – PETA is calling on James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to condemn the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “psychology experiments” on monkeys, in which animals named after Goldfinger, Oddjob, Jaws, Le Chiffre, and other Bond villains are mutilated, tormented, and killed.

In its letter to Broccoli, PETA shares how experimenters—purportedly studying human psychiatric disorders—saw these monkeys’ skulls open, suck out bits of their brains or inject toxins into them, and place them alone inside a small metal cage and deliberately frighten them with rubber snakes and spiders. Eventually, they’re killed. These experiments have received more than $36 million in taxpayer funding over the past 13 years alone, even though they’ve never led to the development of a single treatment for humans.

“We doubt that Barbara Broccoli would want James Bond implicated in NIH’s monkey-torment tests,” says PETA Senior President Lisa Lange. “It tortures monkeys and denigrates the franchise, and we urge her to call on NIH to stop acting like a Bond villain where these monkeys are concerned.”

Bill Maher and Anjelica Huston previously teamed up with PETA to speak out against the monkey fright experiments, and many more stars—including Kevin Nealon, Casey Affleck, James Cromwell, and Edie Falco—have joined the group to speak out against animal testing.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.

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