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"Exposing the truth to wipe
out animal experimentation"
From the Summer 2007 Issue
Wake Forest University and Duke University - NC Animal Abuse
Wake Forest University (WFU) currently
experiments on approximately 2200 animals per year (not counting rats,
mice, & birds) including over 1300 primates. WFU wastes over $11
million per year for primate experimentation alone. Worse yet, this
facility has also recently received a $3 million grant for expansion.
WFU officials have expressed an interest in becoming the 9th
National Primate Research Center, which would bring WFU tens of millions
in additional funding from the National Institutes of Health.
primate experiments utilize restraint chairs and eye coils. Restraint
bars and recording cylinders are attached to the skulls of rhesus
monkeys with orthopedic bone cement and/or titanium screws. Primates
are subjected to the abuses of alcohol, cocaine, and brain mapping
confines over 3600 animals for experimentation every year. Duke
performs experiments that are very similar to those at many other
universities, including Wake Forest.
researcher Michael Platt performs extremely invasive experiments on
rhesus monkeys. This researcher restricts rhesus monkeys to
“controlled” access to water -- receiving liquids only when
participating in the experiment leaving them without liquids for the
majority of the day. These unfortunate animals are fitted with
restraint bars and recording cylinders which are both attached to the
skull and coils which are inserted near the eyes.
of Platt’s work from Duke’s website is reproduced here to give you an
idea of what his experimentation does to rhesus monkeys. The small
tube, which the primate is licking at so thirstily, is for the delivery
of his/her reward of a few drops of water.
taken action against these offensive laboratories by filing an official
complaint with the USDA. Our complaint requests an investigation of
these facilities regarding the provision of adequate water to primates,
the possibility of unapproved surgical procedures, environmental
enhancement for primates with special considerations (i.e. restraint
chair confinement), and dishonest reporting. During 2005, the most
recent year for which information is available, these labs filed
documents with the USDA stating that no primates experienced any
unrelieved pain or distress.
performed on these animals are heinous, treating primates as though they
are household appliances to which we simply attach electrical probes to
ascertain if they are functioning properly. While it is undeniable that
these experiments must be ended, it is also totally astounding how any
rational person could possibly say that this experimentation does not
cause pain or distress to the rhesus monkeys who endure it.
Please contact the
President of Duke University to ask that the experimentation
of Michael Platt be immediately terminated. This project
utilizes the highly invasive practices listed above,
including depriving primates of water, and is clearly
duplicative of other projects, as nearby as Wake Forest.
President Richard H. Brodhead
Office of the
207 Allen Building Box 90001
Durham, NC 27708-0001
(919) 684-3050 (fax)
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