(ANIMAL TESTING/MONKEYS/ANIMAL RIGHTS) The University of Wisconsin has plans to conduct cruel and unethical forms of animal testing on newborn rhesus macaque monkeys. The animal testing is meant to provide doctors with further insight into the cognitive aspects of anxiety disorders.

Harry Harlow first isolated infant primates from their mothers in the 1960s. Photo credit: Change.org
Harry Harlow first isolated infant primates from their mothers in the 1960s. Photo credit: Change.org

The experiments, led by Dr. Ned Kalin, will involve drugging and restraining the newborn monkeys in order to remove them from their mothers. Once the monkeys are taken away from their mothers, doctors will place them into solitary confinement, and use torturous methods to evoke stress in the animals.

Some forms of torture will include exposing the baby monkeys to stress-inducing factors such as live snakes, painful biopsies, and traumatic brain scans. The primates are never given the chance to live happily as doctors plan on killing them before the age of two.

Maternal deprivation studies are not new to science, and previous experiments have shown that this type of work leaves monkeys highly distressed and depressed. Some monkeys used in animal testing resort to self-mutilation and tend to go into shock.

There is evidence that someone behind these experiments intentionally left out committee members who were opposed to testing the monkeys. Photo credit: Wisconsinwatch.org
There is evidence that someone behind these experiments intentionally left out committee members who were opposed to testing the monkeys. Photo credit: Wisconsinwatch.org

Since much more humane methods of testing for cognitive anxiety disorders exist, there is simply no need to resort to torturing innocent and helpless animals.

A petition to help save the macaque monkeys has already reached over 300,000 signatures. Join the fight against cruel animal testing!

TAKE ACTION: Click here to help end the unethical testing of newborn rhesus macaque monkeys by signing the petition. 

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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