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INVESTIGATION: Baby monkeys pried away from mothers, electroshock penises, and more in horrific lab

Macaque monkeys at WNPRC labs are fitted with metal collars, strapped into a restraint chair, and experimenters electroshock their penises until they ejaculate.

PETA: A six-month PETA undercover investigation into the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) —which keeps nearly 2,000 monkeys in barren steel cages and bleak windowless rooms — found that highly intelligent animals were being neglected, driven mad by extreme long-term confinement, and attacked by their traumatized cage-mates…

When they weren’t being simply warehoused, animals were used in painful procedures and experiments. Workers euphemistically referred to certain monkeys as “semen donors,” but they had certainly not volunteered for the painful process. Typically, the monkeys are fitted with metal collars, and workers use poles that fasten onto the collars to pull them out of their cages by the neck. The monkeys are then strapped into a restraint chair, and experimenters electroshock their penises until they ejaculate.

Many different types of experiments were being carried out at this facility. One experimenter bred monkeys infected with Zika and simian immunodeficiency virus, which is similar to HIV. Infant macaques were deprived of food overnight for “cognitive testing” and cried endlessly when separated from their companions. A supervisor said that experimenters attempted to infect marmosets — small, delicate monkeys — with COVID-19 but that “nothing happened”…

Macaques are devoted, protective mothers who live in large family groups, gaze lovingly into their babies’ eyes, and even kiss them. In nature, the grief of a mother monkey whose infant has died is so overwhelming that she will continue to carry the limp body around for days. But at WNPRC, pregnant monkeys gave birth alone in wire-bottomed cages, and their babies were taken away from them within a year…

Monkeys at WNPRC spend every day and every night locked in barren metal cages… Constant, unremitting captivity causes these smart, sensitive animals extreme psychological distress, leading some to injure each other and themselves… A baby monkey, named Cocoa by PETA’s investigator, was attacked by a severely stressed adult macaque, resulting in deep, painful cuts to her face. Months later, her wounds still had not fully healed, and she clung to her mother in fear. Incompatible animals were forced to live together in just a few square feet of space. A monkey named Ellie lost part of her ear in a fight with a cage-mate.

Amputations of parts of fingers, toes, and tails were a common result of the traumatic injuries sustained by monkeys in WNPRC’s care. A worker said that some of these highly intelligent animals were caged alone “because they’re a**holes” who “beat the crap out of” each other—completely ignoring the fact that the fights were a result of the monkeys’ unnatural, barren living conditions.

One frustrated monkey, known only as r12050, mutilated his own leg down to the muscle. With nothing to occupy his mind, he picked and scratched compulsively at the open wound… Many anxious animals, including Charlie, pulled out their own hair in desperation. Another macaque, Princess, had apparently plucked herself nearly bald but was still forced to breed. Her babies would eventually be taken away from her so that experimenters could torment and kill them…

WNPRC is one of the most prominent primate laboratories in the U.S., one of seven federally funded National Primate Research Centers that were started supposedly to find treatments for human disease… WNPRC’s parent institution, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, took in more than $300 million in taxpayer money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2019… The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has fined the University of Wisconsin–Madison repeatedly — including $74,000 in April 2020 — for depriving animals of basic care, but PETA’s investigation shows that nothing has changed. SOURCE…


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