Drug Abuse Expo Protest: NIH Honcho Denounced for Baby-Monkey Experiments

PETA Demands End to Highly Controversial, Much-Criticized Abuse of Infant Primates

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2015

Contact:
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Atlanta – As National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell prepare to take the stage at Atlanta’s high-profile National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, members of PETA will gather outside the expo center to protest NIH’s much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys. The demonstration will feature people wearing monkey masks in prison uniforms sitting inside stacked cages.

Where:           Westin Peachtree Hotel, 210 Peachtree St. N.W. Atlanta

When:             Tuesday, April 7, 8:15 a.m.

“The NIH knows all about abuse—just look at the video footage of experimenters terrorizing infant monkeys,” says PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “These unethical and wasteful experiments are a black mark on the NIH’s reputation, and PETA will continue to call for their end.”

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 These outdated experiments—which have been criticized by scientists, including Dr. Jane Goodall and members of Congress—have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness but have continued for more than 30 years and cost taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.

For more information, please visit PETA.org/NIHChildAbuse.

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