‘Monkeys’ to Invade UMass Celebration Over Lab Atrocities

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2022

Contact:
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Amherst, Mass. – On Thursday, PETA supporters and locals wearing monkey masks will descend on the 50th anniversary celebration of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst’s (UMass) University Without Walls program to expose something the school shouldn’t be proud of: its shameful and invasive menopause experiments on marmosets. PETA notes that while the University Without Walls program, which provides nontraditional students with access to higher education, is progressive, UMass’ experiments on monkeys are out of the Dark Ages.

When:    Thursday, April 14, 3:30–5 p.m.

Where:    Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way (near the intersection with Constantine Way, by South College), Amherst

The “monkeys” will inform event attendees that university experimenter Agnès Lacreuse cuts into monkeys’ skulls, probes their brains, implants electrodes into their scalps and necks, wakes them up every 15 minutes all night long, and torments them in various other ways, purportedly to study menopause—even though marmosets don’t even experience it. To simulate the condition, Lacreuse surgically removes their ovaries and then uses hand warmers on the monkeys to mimic hot flashes. And taxpayers have footed the bill, to the tune of $4 million.

“Taking a page from its University Without Walls program, UMass should tear down the walls of its marmoset laboratory, where delicate marmosets are being tormented in cruel, worthless, and deadly experiments,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “UMass must end these tests or expect more visits from PETA’s fed-up ‘monkey’ mascots.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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