Release the Monkeys: PETA Pushes Harvard to End Infant Torment

For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2023

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Cambridge, Mass. – On Tuesday, PETA supporters in front of Johnston Gate, near the office of Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow, will show giant photos of the baby monkeys torn from their mothers and used by Harvard Medical School’s Margaret Livingstone for gruesome sensory deprivation procedures, along with signs that read, “Harvard: Shut Down Baby Monkey Lab Now!”

When:    Tuesday, March 7, 12 noon

Where:    Johnston Gate, Harvard Yard entrance at Peabody Street, Cambridge

“Livingstone’s pointless experiments produce nothing but terror for infant monkeys, who are stolen from their mothers and deprived of any face-to-face contact,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is urging Harvard to shut down Livingstone’s twisted ‘studies’ and retire these fragile primates to reputable sanctuaries.”

PETA first exposed Livingstone’s experiments, in which she steals baby monkeys from their mothers and sews their eyes shut in depraved sensory deprivation tests. Since then, nearly 400 scientists have joined the organization in urging Harvard to shut down her shop of horrors.

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

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