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October 28, 2022
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Cambridge, Mass. – Please see the next assertion from PETA neuroscientist Dr. Katherine Roe refuting a latest assertion by Margaret Livingstone at Harvard Medical Faculty relating to her stunning monkey experiments which have brought on outrage amongst scientists and animal welfare advocates alike. (At PETA, we’ve each.)
It appears Harvard experimenter Margaret Livingstone is attempting the preserve the general public as she retains the monkeys in her laboratory—at midnight. In a latest assertion, Livingstone tried to justify her horrific experiments by claiming that she had solely sutured two monkeys’ eyes shut for solely one yr in 2016 and additional asserting that her analysis has loosely benefited people, however she supplied no proof.
We name B.S.—and we’ve the receipts. PETA is publicizing Livingstone’s personal papers, which not solely expose that Livingstone has lied about what number of instances she has sewn child monkeys’ eyes shut but additionally pull again the curtain on the torment and distress she has inflicted on animals—together with forcing cats to remain awake in a rotating drum and drilling holes into monkeys, surgically implanting electrodes into their brains, and stitching coils onto the floor of their eyes.
In her assertion, Livingstone acknowledges that she completely removes child monkeys from their moms and successfully blinds the infants utilizing strategies of various invasiveness—together with, in some cases, suturing their eyelids closed. She additional admits that she implants posts into monkeys’ skulls to immobilize them, attaches metal coils to their eyes, and inserts electrodes into their brains. These procedures clearly inflict ache, misery, and discomfort on the susceptible animals. Livingstone states: “Animals [who] expertise misery, ache, or discomfort can’t be studied and our outcomes wouldn’t be legitimate”—and in doing so, she successfully admits that her 40 years of tormenting and killing animals have solely contributed invalid information. In different phrases, these experiments have been a shameful waste of monkeys’ lives and numerous alternatives to assist people with related, non-animal strategies.
If any of her wicked animal experiments have led to therapies for Alzheimer’s, glioblastoma, or tremor—as she claims in her assertion—she hasn’t printed any of that work, so we’re not taking Livingstone’s phrase for it. We want proof.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals should not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.