(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Cruel experiments involving newborn monkeys at the University of Wisconsin are on the verge of being “swept under the rug” indefinitely, in result of a new piece of legislation that is currently in the process of being approved.
The proposed amendment to Governor Scott Walker’s budget bill would legally permit the university to withhold any or all details of its research until the studies are “publicly disseminated or patented.”
The bill would also prevent the public from gaining any insight into taxpayer-funded studies, whether or not the experiments are unethical or include alleged animal cruelty.
Kelsey Eberly, a litigation fellow of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) commented on the matter, stating that the public should have to right to all details regarding the studies solely because “it imposes such terrible suffering on such a sensitive creature.”
Experiments conducted by the University of Wisconsin thus far include maternal deprivation studies, which have been wildly controversial among scientists, congress, and the general public.
The study calls for the forceful removal of newborn monkeys from their mothers, which intentionally causes the newborns to experience heightened levels of anxiety, hence traumatizing them dramatically.
In order to increase the levels of trauma, university scientists also introduced snakes to the newborns, a species that monkeys innately fear.
The end result of the experiments include killing the newborns around the age of 18 months in order to dissect their brains and evaluate the trauma’s impact.
In response to the university’s tendency to hide the details of their studies from the public, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the university in October 2014 in order to gain information on their latest maternal deprivation study.
This is not the first account of the university attempting to exempt itself from public accountability. However, their past attempts have proven to be unsuccessful throughout 2013 and 2014.
However, if this amendment is passed, the effect it could have on the safety of the monkeys under the university’s care in the future could be devastating.
— Sabrina Clinkenbeard, exclusive to Global Animal