What: In a dizzying show, PETA supporters carrying monkey masks will descend on Harvard College’s campus tomorrow as “experimenters” in lab coats torment them with strobe lights. The weird scene is supposed to imitate Harvard experimenter Margaret Livingstone’s newest merciless check, during which she completely separates child monkeys from their moms and forces them to put on helmets with shuttered goggles that quickly open and shut, making a strobe-light impact. The infants are made to put on the gadgets for a 12 months and a half, successfully forcing them to stay in perpetual and disorienting strobe lighting all day lengthy for 18 months
The place: Johnston Gate (on the intersection of Peabody Road and Massachusetts Avenue), Harvard College, Cambridge
When: Wednesday, January 24, 12 midday
“Livingstone’s pointless experiments have by no means produced something apart from ache and anguish for the monkeys stolen from their moms and subjected to her twisted checks,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is urging Harvard to close down Livingstone’s home of horrors.”
Livingstone’s experiments—which have been broadly panned as unethical within the scientific group—have additionally included ripping child monkeys away from their moms and stitching their eyes shut for a whole 12 months. In one other experiment, toddler monkeys are reared by people carrying welding masks in order that they by no means see a monkey or human face. She additionally surgically implants electrodes in monkeys’ brains to document how their disadvantaged mind cells reply to visible stimuli. After years of torment, Livingstone kills lots of them and dissects their brains. She has performed most of these curiosity-driven experiments for 40 years with out producing a single therapy or remedy for people.
Along with holding tomorrow’s demonstration, PETA is urging former President Barack Obama to sentence these twisted experiments which have obtained greater than $2 million in taxpayer funds from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being’s BRAIN Initiative, which was launched throughout the Obama administration.
Toddler monkeys in Livingstone’s laboratory are torn away from their moms and raised with out seeing any faces—human or monkey—for a full 12 months. Credit score: Harvard College Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience