The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has tried to hide the suffering in its laboratories before, but in its attempts to silence the public, they have reached new lows. After discovering that the NIH and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) used keyword filters to block comments potentially critical of agencies’ support for cruel animal experiments funded or conducted by the NIH, PETA is suing them for violating the First Amendment.
PETA asks NIH, “Why is this? Secretive? ‘
PETA – along with the Knight Institute of the First Amendment at Columbia University and the Animal Welfare Fund – has filed a lawsuit on behalf of animal rights advocates, including PETA and two others whose comments denouncing archaic monkey experiments have been blocked from appearing at least one of the agency’s social media pages. Through the Freedom of Information Act request, we found out how far the NIH will go to suppress legitimate criticism. Among numerous other words and phrases related to animal rights, NIH keyword filters block “animal (s)”, “chimpanzee (s)”, “monkey (s)”, “cats”, “mouse”, “experiment”, “testing”. , “PETA”, “torture” and “hideous”. HHS also blocks all comments containing the word “monkey” from appearing on its social media pages.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are a former livestock technician-turned-animal advocate and an engineer at a digital health company. In other words, the NIH isn’t just suppressing criticism of its barbaric animal testing – it’s a potentially deterrent discourse about medical research, science, and bioethics.
NIH continues to try to hide the truth
Earlier this year, PETA sued the NIH for repeatedly failing to respond to our requests to publish documents about experiments conducted in its taxpayer-funded laboratories, including Elizabeth Murray’s infamous “monkey fright” tests. in which she cuts off the heads of monkeys, cuts off their head. part of their skulls and then injecting toxins into their brains to inflict traumatic brain damage before scaring them with realistic rubber spiders and snakes.
State bodies should not suppress the public’s right to speak about their activities. Instead of hiding from criticism, the NIH should simply put an end to these barbaric experiments. Join PETA in the agency’s call to shut down Murray’s lab:
Call on the NIH to close down Elizabeth Murray’s Monkey Terror Lab