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Research with monkeys protested at ASU

By Kristina Davis, East Valley Tribune

November 18, 2004

The protesters held up disturbing images of monkeys in metal restraints and on laboratory tables.

In their other arms, they clutched stuffed animal monkeys with bloodied gauze wrapped around their exposed plastic brains.

The 20 demonstrators lined University Drive near College Street on Wednesday afternoon to protest primate testing at Arizona State University, which they say is cruel and unnecessary.

"We want to speak out against the blood money that is animal experimentation," said Jonathan Grindell, 23, a graduate student. "ASU keeps very quiet about whatís going on behind those doors."

The demonstration, hosted by Animal Commandos and Last Chance for Animals, was part of Freedom for Primates week.

ASU was one of several universities where primates are used in research that was identified by Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a nonprofit watchdog organization.

At ASU, researchers are working with monkeys to build a robotic arm that can be controlled by thought only.

The monkeys have been able to control the movement of a cursor and a robotic arm in real time with their brains, university officials said.

"ASU supports efforts to research to improve the quality of life for everyone," said Manny Romero, an ASU spokesman.

But several protesters called the tests "illogical."

"Itís awful, all the electrodes in their heads," said Shaynie Aero of Mesa. "(Researchers) make them, through stress and lack of water, do different actions. They sit in restraint chairs for six hours a day."

The demonstrators said there is also talk of experimenting on dogs with the opening of the new Arizona Biodesign Institute.

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