Challenge 60 Minutes to Show the Truth about Animals in Labs

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Originally Posted: 7 February 2009

Challenge 60 Minutes to Show the Truth about Animals in Labs

Contact the Producers to encourage them to do a segment that shows the horrors of animals in labs.

Go to the 60 Minutes site, read other comments, send your own.

AND contact the producers directly:
phone (212) 975-3247

Challenge 60 Minutes to:

  • air a segment that questions the use of animals in research when robust alternative methods already exist
  • demand rigorous oversight of publicly funded research
  • explore the ethical issues raised by the unnecessary and outmoded use of animal research


Every day the unthinkable occurs: animals caged in bleak laboratory isolation, subjected to unremitting pain and affliction - animal lives diminished to a horror show of misery, lives absent of even the smallest pleasure. Despite that, 60 Minutes, on January 25, presented a breezy tale by Morley Safer of scientists exposing monkeys to food deprivation to test the effect of caloric restriction on longevity and prevention of age-related illnesses. Some have been experimented upon for nearly two decades. A light, cheerful, and hopeful story, except for the monkeys.

What you didnít see was how these highly intelligent and social primates are locked away in cold, tiny prisons, the subject of experiments that are completely unnecessary, given that the same research could be conducted on human beings who voluntarily engage in caloric restriction with the goal of extending life. These primate experiments are another stark example of worthless, cruel, federally-funded animal research.

According to USDA statistics, the use of nonhuman primates in experiments has skyrocketed recently, from a little over 52,000 in 2002 to almost 70,000 in 2007. They are held captive in research laboratories across America, enduring nightmarish existences, even as new non-animal technologies have already been developed, and enable scientists to carry out relevant and reliable human research without harming animals.

Why didnít 60 Minutes challenge the study or, at the very least, mention the ethical issues raised by the use of intelligent, sentient monkeys?

For information about primates in labs, visit our image gallery, and visit Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN).

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