PETA to Deliver ‘Monkey’ Bearing 179,000 Signatures to NIH Director’s Home

For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Washington – Tomorrow morning, PETA supporters will arrive at National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins’ Chevy Chase, Maryland, home with a monkey statue bearing more than 179,000 signatures demanding an end to NIH experimenter Elisabeth Murray’s painful, traumatizing, deadly experiments on monkeys. Murray has received nearly $50 million in taxpayer funding since 1998 to inflict brain damage on monkeys. She cuts into their heads and injects toxins into their brains, surgically implants “head posts” directly into their skulls to keep their heads stock-still for hours, deprives them of food and water to force them to cooperate, and terrorizes them with realistic-looking snakes and spiders. And she hasn’t produced a single treatment or cure for humans.

When:    Wednesday, July 7, 9 a.m.

Where:    Collins’ Home

“Decades of caging, mutilating, and terrorizing monkeys have, unsurprisingly, taught us nothing about human health,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is bringing the message home to Francis Collins: The monkey fright laboratory must be shut down.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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