So What Exactly Happens to Animals in Research Labs anyway?

Addendum to this morning’s post:

In case you were wondering about the types of horrible things that happen to animals, especially various breeds of primates,  in research labs, please read the following from PETA:  Please read and then sign the  petition in this post to block the shipment of primates to research labs.  You can make a difference in the life of an innocent animal.


Primates in Laboratories

Every year in the U.S., more than 124,000 primates are abused and killed in invasive, painful, and terrifying experiments. While it is well known that nonhuman primates are sensitive, intelligent beings who share many important biological and psychological characteristics with humans, these very attributes unfortunately make them prime targets for experimenters who treat them as if they were disposable pieces of laboratory equipment.

 How Primates End Up in Laboratories

Primates abused in experiments are bred in government or commercial facilities, born in laboratories, or captured in the wild in countries such as China, India, or the island of Mauritius.

Babies born in laboratories are forcibly torn from their screaming mothers and permanently separated from them—usually within three days of birth. Numerous investigations have found that in order to abduct primates from their homes in the wild, trappers often shoot mothers from trees, stun the animals with dart guns, and then capture the babies, who cling, panic-stricken, to their mothers’ bodies. Some wildlife traders catch whole primate families in baited traps. The animals are packed into tiny crates with little to no food or water and are taken to filthy holding centers where they await long and terrifying trips in the cargo holds of passenger airlines. Their destination: laboratories or breeding centers in the U.S., Israel, or Europe.   

After enduring a traumatic separation from their families and/or homes, primates in laboratories are usually confined to barren steel cages—a far cry from the lush forests and savannahs where they would otherwise live. In their natural habitats, nonhuman primates may travel for miles, foraging for a variety of foods, socializing with family and friends, climbing hills, swinging from vines, swimming in rivers, scampering across fields, and cavorting with their companions.

In laboratories, these animals have barely enough room to sit, stand, lie down, or turn around. The rich days full of sensory stimulation that they should be experiencing are replaced by days that are devoid of color, scent, and almost every other type of environmental enrichment. At most, the primates in laboratories are given cheap plastic toys, scratched mirrors, and the occasional slice of apple or banana.

Loneliness, Boredom, and Insanity
Research shows that 90 percent of primates in laboratories exhibit abnormal behaviors that are caused by the physical abuse, psychological stress, social isolation, and barren confinement that they are forced to endure. Many go insane, rocking back and forth, pacing endlessly in the cages, and engaging in repetitive motions such as back-flipping. They even engage in acts of self-mutilation, including tearing out their own hair or biting their own flesh.

Video footage taken inside Covance, the University of Utah, and the Oregon National Primate Research Center illustrates the extent of the insanity that can result when primates are completely deprived of meaningful sensory stimulation.

Pain and Misery
Besides having their most fundamental needs and desires disregarded, primates imprisoned in laboratories are subjected to painful and traumatic procedures, including the following:

  • Pharmaceutical tests: In these tests, thick gavage tubes are forced up primates’ nostrils and/or down the animals’ throats so that experimental drugs can be pumped into their stomachs—even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that animal tests have an appalling 92 percent failure rate in predicting the safety and/or effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.

  • Vaccine tests: Chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys are given infectious diseases and then used as test subjects for experimental vaccines. Even though decades of these experiments on primates have failed to produce effective vaccines for humans, monkeys are still infected with HIV-like diseases that cause them to suffer acute weight loss, major organ failure, breathing problems, and neurological disorders before they die excruciatingly painful deaths or are killed.

  • Military experiments and training: In recent experiments conducted by the military, primates were exposed to anthrax and infected with botulism and the bubonic plague. In archaic chemical casualty training exercises that were ended after protests from PETA, squirrel monkeys were poisoned with nerve agents that caused them to convulse, even though human-patient simulators exist and provide more effective training.

  • Maternal-deprivation experiments: These unbelievably cruel studies began more than five decades ago when Harry Harlow infamously pulled baby primates away from their mothers, giving them only rag dolls or noxious wire “mothers” as substitutes. Even though we know the negative implications of separating babies from their mothers, similar experiments are conducted today at places such as the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Wake Forest University, and the University of Washington, where infant monkeys are torn from their mothers in order to intentionally cause psychological trauma and examine that harm that results. In some recent egregious studies, experimenters looked at the connection between maternal deprivation and whether the baby monkeys became right-handed or left-handed or how it affected the animals’ alcohol-drinking behavior later in life.

  • Invasive brain experiments: In disturbingly common experiments at universities across the country, monkeys have holes drilled into their skulls, metal restraint devices screwed into their heads, and electrodes inserted into their brains. Some animals have portions of their brains destroyed or removed to impair their cognitive function or cripple them. These sensitive, intelligent animals then have their bodies immobilized in restraint chairs and their heads bolted into place as they are forced to perform a variety of behavioral tasks while their brain activity is recorded. In order to coerce the monkeys to cooperate, they are sometimes deprived of water for up to 24 hours at a time. When they experiments conclude, most of the animals are killed, and their brains are removed and dissected.


George Bush said the axis of evil runs through the Middle East, well I beg to differ. I believe the axis of evil runs through research labs, factory farms, slaughterhouses, fur breeders, puppy mills…and sadly, this list goes on and on…

Please HELP Monkeys ~ Ask Airlines to Stop Shipping Primates to Labs

If you care about animals, then please watch this video and take a stand and end torture to monkeys.  I don’t know how these heartless b@stards can commit these egregious acts against such kind, caring, innocent animals.  I can only hope that what goes around comes around and these evil humans receive their comeuppance!

From Peta:

Every year, tens of thousands of nonhuman primates are transported from countries such as China, Mauritius, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia to the U.S. to be imprisoned in laboratories and tormented in experiments. Some are bred in captivity on cramped, squalid monkey factory farms, while others are stolen from their families in the wild.

The traumatized monkeys are crammed into small wooden crates and transported in the backs of trucks and the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 23,000 nonhuman primates were brought into the U.S. in 2010—nearly all of them destined for laboratories. Nearly 3,000 monkeys were imported by animal testing conglomerate Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL), where recent photos and video footage leaked by a whistleblower show sick, distraught monkeys suffering horribly from tests in which they were injected with experimental chemicals.

Almost every major airline in the world—including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern AirlinesTAM Airlines, Hainan Airlines, El Al Airlines, and dozens of others—refuses to take any part in this violent industry and prohibits the transportation of primates to laboratories. However, an increasingly small group of airlines—including Air France, Philippine Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines—continues to profit from animals’ misery by transporting monkeys destined for U.S. laboratories.

Please be a voice for the monkeys who are suffering in the primate trade. Take a minute of your time now to urge airlines that still transport monkeys to U.S. laboratories to join their peers and adopt a formal policy against the transportation of nonhuman primates for use in experiments.



3/25/2013 Update: 

The lab featured in this video is: Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories.
Please write and speak out against this lab.

OUR TAX DOLLARS PAY FOR THE FUNDING SO THAT VIVISECTION LABS CAN TORTURE ANIMALS! Is that how you want your tax dollars used? I know I don’t. – it has been proven time an again that animals respond to medications and treatments different than humans.

Robert Gibbens
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