Tormented PETA ‘Monkey’ to Rattle Fright Experimenter’s Vanderbilt Talk

For Immediate Release:
March 20, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn. – On Wednesday, when notorious National Institutes of Health (NIH) monkey experimenter Elisabeth Murray arrives to speak at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she’ll be met by PETA supporters, one of whom will be wearing a monkey costume representing Beamish, a monkey who has been abused in Murray’s laboratory of horrors since 2010.

When:      Wednesday, March 22, 3:30–5 p.m.

Where:     Outside Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1220 Medical Research Building III (MRB3), near the intersection of 21st and Edgehill avenues, Nashville

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, which trigger some of monkeys’ worst fears. Held in solitary confinement, Beamish has experienced extensive hair loss (an indicator of extreme psychological stress) and has repeatedly been documented circling in his cage or rocking back and forth—indications of a severe mental breakdown. His story is similar to that of hundreds of monkeys whom 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. “Murray inflicts physical and psychological harm on other sentient beings, and her gruesome experiments must end.”

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, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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