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February 8, 2024
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Amherst, Mass. – PETA U.Okay. supporters confronted College of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass) Chancellor Javier Reyes on the Kimpton Fitzroy London resort over the college’s horrific menopause experiments on marmoset monkeys. The second that Reyes approached the microphone, PETA supporters carrying indicators that learn, “UMass: Cease Torturing Marmosets,” walked to the rostrum and shouted, “UMass has been drilling into the skulls of marmosets and tormenting them to check menopause. Marmosets don’t even expertise menopause, and this analysis has to cease now!” Earlier than being escorted out by safety, in addition they shouted, “Cease the torture! Cease the ache! UMass, you’re responsible”; “Monkeys really feel ache, similar to us! Monkeys need to stay, similar to us!”; and “It’s not science. It’s violence!”
Video footage is obtainable here.
At UMass, experimenters screw electrodes onto monkeys’ skulls, lower into their necks, deprive them of water, restrain them for hours at a time, and torment them in varied different methods, purportedly to check human menopause—which marmosets don’t even expertise. To simulate menopause, experimenters surgically take away the monkeys’ ovaries, administer hormone-manipulating medication, and use hand heaters on their our bodies to imitate scorching flashes.
“Whereas Chancellor Reyes was having fun with himself at a swank London resort, tiny monkeys with wires threaded via their our bodies have been struggling in cages,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “Reyes ought to shut down this shameful laboratory and embrace fashionable, animal-free analysis that’s truly related to people.”
PETA has been contacted by quite a few UMass alums and donors involved concerning the college’s animal welfare violations. The U.S. Division of Agriculture cited the college for severely burning a marmoset with hand heaters as he was recovering from surgical procedure, failing to alert an attending veterinarian to sick animals, and allowing a number of monkeys to flee and maintain accidents.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any approach”—factors out that Each Animal Is Somebody and gives free Empathy Kits for individuals who want a lesson in kindness. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.