Tormented PETA ‘Monkey’ to Rattle Fright Experimenter’s UF Scripps Talk

For Immediate Release:
May 10, 2023

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Juptier, Fla. – PETA supporters, including one wearing a monkey costume representing Beamish, a monkey imprisoned and abused by National Institutes of Health (NIH) monkey experimenter Elisabeth Murray since 2010, will meet Murray when she arrives to speak at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology on Friday.

When:    Friday, May 12, 1 p.m.

Where:    Outside The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology, 120 Scripps Way, Jupiter

As part of her battery of monkey fright tests, Murray cut open Beamish’s skull, suctioned out a portion of his brain, and destroyed another part of his brain with toxic chemical injections. Then she terrified him with rubber spiders and snakes. Laboratory records obtained by PETA indicate that Beamish was caged in solitary confinement and has experienced extensive hair loss, an indicator of extreme psychological stress. It has repeatedly been documented that he circles in his cage or rocks back and forth—indications of a severe mental breakdown. His life is similar to that of hundreds of monkeys Murray has tormented for decades while collecting more than $50 million in taxpayer funds.

“Beamish and other lonely, frightened, brain-damaged monkeys used by Murray spin in circles inside cold steel cages day after day,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “NIH support of this serial monkey torturer must end, and her lab must be closed forever.”

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

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