Tell Congress to End Funding for Maternal Deprivation Experiments
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
January 2015


Academy Award–nominated actor James Cromwell spent his 75th birthday bringing the plight of baby monkeys used in maternal-deprivation experiments to the decisionmakers and purse-string holders on Capitol Hill.

Help us keep the pressure on by urging your members of Congress to join their colleagues and take steps to end NIH’s cruel experiments.

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Each year, dozens of baby monkeys—intentionally bred to be prone to depression and other mental illness—are born at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory in Poolesville, Maryland. Within hours of their birth, half of the monkeys are permanently separated from their mothers and subjected to years of terrifying and often painful experiments intended to cause, worsen, and measure depression, anxiety, fear, and trauma. Some of the monkeys used in these experiments have had devices screwed into their skulls so that experimenters could inject their brains with a variety of drugs—including Prozac—that are already being safely used to treat human children and adults suffering from mental illness. Other monkeys have been injected with large doses of ethanol—deliberately turning them into alcoholics, which worsens their anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. Many of the monkeys are killed and dissected before they reach the age of 8 years.

In addition to the obvious cruelty, these experiments have never improved our treatment of human mental illness. Meanwhile, numerous non-animal, human-relevant research methods have been developed that have yielded useful insights and treatments. Yet the experiments on monkeys at NIH have gone on for 30 years and have garnered $30 million in funding in just the last seven years.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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