PETA to Protest NIH ‘Fright’ Experiments With Giant Photos of Abused Monkeys

For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Bethesda, Md. – During lunch hour on Tuesday, PETA members will descend on the main entrance of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and demand an end to NIH experimenter Elisabeth Murray’s terror experiments on brain-damaged monkeys.

When:    Tuesday, December 15, 12 noon

Where:    NIH main entrance on Rockville Pike at South Drive, Bethesda

The protesters will brandish blown-up images from video footage of Murray’s experiments, for which she subjects monkeys to multiple invasive surgeries as well as repeated sedation and restraint, in addition to underfeeding them in order to force them to “cooperate.” She cuts into monkeys’ heads, saws off a portion of their skulls to expose the brain, and then injects toxins into it to inflict permanent and traumatic brain damage. Afterward, the animals are placed alone inside small metal cages, and experimenters frighten them with realistic-looking rubber snakes and spiders. Eventually, they’re killed. Murray has received more than $36 million in taxpayer funding over the past 13 years alone for these experiments, which have failed to develop a single treatment or cure for humans in 30 years.

“Sucking out parts of monkeys’ brains and scaring them with fake snakes and spiders teaches us nothing about human health and everything about experimenters’ disregard for other animals,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on NIH to close this laboratory, end these tests, and spend taxpayer dollars on modern, animal-free research methods instead.”

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 or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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