Mother’s day is time to acknowledge everything mother. While we are spending this holiday (May 9th) caring for mothers for all the important work they do, let’s also think about those who, for example, the princess, are deprived of the opportunity to hold and feed their children. This mother macaque has been kept at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) since at least 2014.
The princess did not get her name from WNPRC, where, in desperation, she apparently pulled out her own hair, leaving her body nearly bald for at least six years. In the laboratory where she is located, she is called a number – rh2519 – and is treated the same way. The princess got her apt name – and it was probably the first kindness she ever experienced – from a PETA investigator working undercover at WNPRC. The researcher named her a princess to reflect her good-natured nature and affection for food.
Trapped in the laboratory. The skulls were opened. Restrained. Eyes closed. Forced to watch the screens for hours.
– MAP (@peta) October 31, 2020
Despite her apparent suffering, the experimenters forcibly removed the princess and forced her to give birth alone in a wire-bottomed cage. At WNPRC, workers usually breed children with their mothers when they are only one year old. Ultimately, the experimenters took all the princess’ babies from her to torture and kill them in trials. The baby she gave birth to at WNPRC in May 2020 will be 1 year old shortly before Mother’s Day (if she’s still alive).… If the lab staff have not separated them yet, they will most likely do so soon.
When their beloved babies are abducted, it deeply traumatizes animals like the princess. Macaques are loving, caring mothers who show affection for their young by lovingly gazing into their eyes, kissing them, and using special vocalizations to talk to them (also known as “baby talk”). In nature, when a monkey mother’s baby dies, her grief can be so devastating that she can wear a limp body for days. The princess, who has been forcibly bred at WNPRC for years, has probably endured this pain. many times…
The depth of the princess’s grief and suffering was obvious to everyone: over the years, workers reported that hair was missing all over her body, including her head, shoulders, back, arms, legs, hips and rump. Workers let her poke at wooden logs and coconuts in an attempt to stop her self-harm. But a log alone is not enough to get rid of the monotony, deprivation and stress of a life in a cage. Repeatedly, the PETA investigator also noted that the princess had diarrhea. By the time her baby was 2 months old, she also had no strands of hair on her back.
This suffering is not isolated. PETA’s investigation has revealed a persistent pattern of trauma to each other and to themselves in WNPRC, likely as a result of highly stressful conditions in the laboratory. Workers locked the monkeys in sterile metal cages every day and every night, sometimes alone or with an incompatible cage mate – both of which caused these highly social, intelligent animals to become frustrated and mentally distressed. PETA researchers found one monkey that lost part of its ear in a fight with its cage mate. Another imprisoned monkey poked him obsessively in the wound on his leg, crippling it to muscle.
Don’t let WNPRC continue this brutality – take action for animals like the princess on this Mother’s Day
There is no such connection as between a mother and her cub. Like all mothers, the princess wants to comfort and care for her children – and she deserves a life in which the experimenters don’t rob her of her most important relationships. On this Mother’s Day, take action for her and other suffering mothers at WNPRC by requiring the lab to release all animals to respected sanctuaries:
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