Target: U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Goal: Stop inflicting painful deaths on innocent monkeys for research purposes in Army laboratories
Every month the US Army conducts cruel tests on monkeys as a means to research the effects of nerve agent attacks. The monkeys are brought to laboratories and tied down to a table as poisonous chemicals are injected into their system. Researchers watch as the monkey reacts to the deadly chemicals, the purpose is to note the physical reaction of the animals.
Not only are these tests cruel, they have also been found to be unnecessary to the study of nerve agent attacks. Other branches of the US military, like the US Navy, rejects this practice on monkeys. PETA reports that the Navy as well as the Air Force “use lifelike human patient simulators, human actors, and other effective non-animal methods.”
The monkeys in these experiments “suffer from vomiting and uncontrollable twitching and seizures, and some even stop breathing.” These intolerable methods of research are cruel as well as unnecessary. The way the monkeys respond to the tests are not necessarily a reflection of how a human would respond.
As illustrated by the US Navy and the US Air Force, other methods are available for the purpose of studying nerve agent attacks. In addition to this, PETA notes that the US Army is violating their Department of Defense policies which actually “prohibit harming primates for training purposes and that require that alternatives to the use of animals be used when available.”
Dear U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense,
The cruel testing that is done to monkeys in Army laboratories is unacceptable. To put innocent animals in such an experiment is wrong. These monkeys are tied down and injected with harmful chemicals so researchers can watch as they suffer.
The fact that these experiments are optional, and the Army still chooses to participate is extremely concerning. No animal should be forced to experience such pain and suffering, especially if it is not absolutely necessary.
Such experiments are prohibited by the Department of Defense policies, and other military branches like the US Navy and the US Air Force do not partake in such horrific science experimentation. Since there are other more humane ways to research nerve agent attacks, the US Army should stop testing on monkeys immediately.
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