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April 30, 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Amherst, Massachusetts. – After the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) slammed the door to discussions with PETA about replacing research in monkeys and other animals with modern techniques, the school is now facing protests, a publicity blitz, and federal complaints. about continuing violations of the conditions of keeping animals.
Negotiations follow PETA’s publication – which the university has been battling for two years – of a shocking video from a UMass study showing deeply disturbed monkeys circling and pacing in small metal cages. The experimenter who led the study suddenly retired, but UMass records of abuse and exploitation of fragile monkeys brought Chancellor Kumbla Subbaswamy and Vice-Chancellor for Research and Engagement Mike Malone to a table with PETA scientists to discuss sound proposals to end the use of primates and others. animals. modernization of the research program of the institution.
After a promising initial discussion, during which Subbaswami and Malone asked many questions and promised to continue, Subbaswami refused, reportedly under pressure from in-house professors who are still experimenting on animals and not interested in change.
“The decision to harm animals rather than challenge the status quo is a blow to the face of modern science,” says PETA neuroscientist Dr. Catherine Rowe. “But PETA won’t look the other way as long as UMass operates what can only be described as an archaic monkey torture chamber.”
UMass is imprisoning dozens of monkeys susceptible to disease in captivity to study the “hot flashes” experienced by women during menopause. Researchers at the university subjected female monkeys to invasive surgeries, during which electrodes were implanted into holes drilled in the skulls of animals, incisions were made to expose the muscles of the neck, and electrode wires from the scalp and neck were threaded through their abdomen. In another experiment, castrated male monkeys were injected with testosterone and then tested for their cognitive function.
The University is cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the following reasons:
- Severe animal burns on a heating pad while recovering from surgery, resulting in death
- Failure to alert the treating veterinarian to sick animals, including a monkey named Pat, which was shaking and moving slowly
- Allowing the monkey to escape and injuring the animal’s tail during recapture
Just last month, the USDA commended UMass for failing to provide unnecessary duplication of experiments.
PETA has been contacted by numerous alumni and donors from the University of Massachusetts concerned about school animal rights violations and ongoing monkey experiments. Following PETA’s protests, Harvard Medical School closed its National Primate Research Center, focusing instead on advanced non-animal tools.
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