End All PTSD Experiments on Animals

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Originally Posted: 8 April 2011

End All PTSD Experiments on Animals

[Ed. Note: Check out Animal Lab Facilities reports to see other horrific ways animals are brutalized in laboratories to provide profits for the experimenters and their universities and industries.]

FROM  NEAVS (New England Anti-Vivisection Society)

ACTION

Tell the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to stop these horrifically tormenting, useless, invalid experiments that brutalize animals to get millions of dollars in taxpayer dollars.

According to the researcher’s own words from his project description on the NIH website: “As part of a long standing ongoing program at the Yerkes National Primate Center studying the effects of early life stress in rhesus monkeys, a great deal of data … has been carried out. … We believe this is a tremendous resource that should not be wasted. If we cannot pay the per diems on these animals they will have to be released and we will no longer have access to them.”

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Dr. Francis Collins"
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
online web mail
phone (301) 496-4000

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Shockingly, taxpayer dollars are still being wasted for animal experiments involving cruel and pointless maternal deprivation. Emory University, for example, recently received several grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct ongoing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experiments on rats and monkeys. According to one project description from the NIH website, PTSD was induced in rhesus monkeys by forcing them to be “separated from their mothers for variable periods of time each day when they were infants.”

Maternal deprivation and PTSD research on monkeys and other species is totally unnecessary—there is already ample real-world human data on these traumas. Such redundant and unproductive animal research does, however, financially benefit career researchers and their housing institutions. According to the researcher’s own words from his project description on the NIH website: “As part of a long standing ongoing program at the Yerkes National Primate Center studying the effects of early life stress in rhesus monkeys, a great deal of data … has been carried out. … We believe this is a tremendous resource that should not be wasted. If we cannot pay the per diems on these animals they will have to be released and we will no longer have access to them.”

Emory University is the parent institution for the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, one of the five federally-funded research facilities nationwide housing both chimpanzees and other primates. Yerkes is infamous for its long and shameful history of experiments on primates and has been cited numerous times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. A significant percentage of every government grant that Yerkes receives to house and experiment on primates goes to administrative overhead, benefiting Emory.


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