Drive-By Protesters to Take On NIH Monkey Fright Experiments

PETA to Take 'Snakes and Spiders' to Demand an End to Government Experimenter's $36 Million Torment of Brain-Damaged Primates

For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Bethesda, Md. – Driving cars emblazoned with the message “End Monkey Fright Tests!” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk and PETA Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Dr. Alka Chandna will lead a caravan of PETA protesters as they circle the area, honking their horns outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the home of NIH Director Francis Collins, and the home of government monkey experimenter Elisabeth Murray on Tuesday.

Where:    The eastern South Drive entrance of NIH, Bethesda

When:    Tuesday, April 21, 12 noon

Where:    Murray’s home

When:    Tuesday, April 21, approximately 12:30 p.m.

Where:    Collins’ home

When:    Tuesday, April 21, approximately 1:15 p.m.

The protesters’ cars will also be covered with rubber snakes and spiders—the very same items Murray uses to terrorize the monkeys she has brain-damaged in her experiments, which have received more than $36 million in taxpayer funding in the past 13 years even though they’ve never led to the development of a single treatment for humans. Using information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, PETA has shown that Murray cuts into monkeys’ heads, saws off a portion of their skulls, and injects toxins into their brains before they’re placed alone in a small metal cage, deliberately scared out of their wits, and eventually killed.

“While our medical workers go without basic protective equipment, NIH is wasting millions upon millions of dollars scaring mutilated monkeys with rubber snakes,” says Newkirk. “PETA is calling on NIH to focus on state-of-the-art methods that seek answers to human problems without mutilating and scaring the daylights out of animals.”

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

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind