Expose Mistreatment of Monkeys by Lab Staff

marmoset monkey

Target: Asif Ghazanfar, Princeton University Professor

Goal: Expose reckless mistreatment of monkeys at Princeton University and prevent it from ever happening again

Professor Asif Ghazanfar, a professor in the psychology department of Princeton University, has been conducting experiments to determine how marmoset monkeys coordinate their vocalizations. The marmoset monkeys in Professor Asif Ghazanfar’s laboratory have no choice but to participate in these experiments. It was discovered that the monkeys used in these experiments have been carelessly mistreated by certain members of the lab staff. In one instance of mistreatment, at least one of the monkeys was placed in a ferret exercise ball and rolled through the hallway solely for the amusement of reckless staff members. It is unclear exactly how many monkeys were abused in this activity.

Marmoset monkeys are incredibly sensitive and fragile animals. They are easily distressed during handling and when subjected to reckless behavior such as this, the monkeys understandably become frightened and feel discomfort, and could have possibly sustained injuries. These monkeys are already forced to participate in experiments and should have been treated more diligently. According to PETA, a national animal rights organization, much of the work being done in these experiments could have been done in a sanctuary instead of a laboratory, allowing these animals as much comfort as possible. Although he did not directly partake in the mistreatment of the monkeys, Professor Asif Ghazanfar is still at fault. As the professor overseeing and conducting  these experiments, he should have been more watchful of his lab staff. Professor Asif Ghazanfar had also failed to report this incident to the proper oversight committee at the university.

No animal should be treated in such a reckless manner as this, especially if it is forced to participate in experiments. Rolling monkeys through the hallways is an example of the carelessness of the lab staff. Sign this petition to expose this incident of mistreatment and prevent it from ever occurring again.


Dear Professor Asif Ghazanfar,

As the professor overseeing these experiments, I would have expected you to be more watchful of your lab staff and the activities that take place in your laboratory. I was appalled when I learned of the incident of a marmoset monkey being rolled through the hallways of your laboratory. The reckless behavior of your lab staff is shocking, as well as your failure to prevent this incident from happening.

As you may know, marmoset monkeys are especially sensitive and fragile animals. Being rolled around in a ferret exercise ball would have certainly caused the monkeys to feel discomfort and become frightened. During this incident, it is entirely possible that the monkeys could have sustained injuries.

Animals forced to participate in experiments they do not choose to should be treated with more care and vigilance. After this incident, I would hope that you end the experiments immediately since you have not proven that you can properly oversee all activities in your laboratory and ensure the safety of the animals involved.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. paula eaton says:

    Disgusting. Fire them

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