Target: Dr. Marilyn Carroll and the National Institute of Health
Goal: Cut funding that goes towards cruel experimentation on primates
At the University of Minnesota, drug-addicted primates are currently dying slow and painful deaths in small cages. These intelligent mammals are subjected to cruel testing and experiments so that scientists can research the effects of drug-addiction. Scientists forcibly train these primates to self-administer drugs by withholding food from them until they take the drug. Victims of this depraved research suffer from addiction and withdrawal symptoms including seizures, loss of muscle coordination, trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, heart-attacks, strokes, hallucinations, and even death. Many are euthanized when they are found to be too unruly or too sick to be useful for the experiments anymore.
The abuse committed by Dr. Carroll and her team does not end at forced drug abuse. The primates are held prisoner in small and cold cages that are stacked one on top of the other. They are only checked up on every other day, meaning that if a primate dies overnight, its cellmates are forced to live with the horrifying situation for at least another 24 hours.
Marilyn Carroll, who oversees these experiments, has received $8,888,593 worth of grants from the National Institute of Health since 1996. While Dr. Carroll does have a Ph.D., she is neither a veterinarian nor a primate expert, meaning she does not have the knowledge base appropriate for carrying out testing on primates or any other animals, for that matter. Since the National Institute of Health grants come from American tax dollars, we are essentially paying for an untrained individual to commit egregious acts on innocent animals. There have been numerous protests regarding this appalling animal abuse, but they have only amounted to Dr. Carroll placing restraining orders on various individuals.
Enough is enough. Dr. Carroll needs to be banned from the lab and forbidden to ever test on animals again. The best way to do so is by cutting off her monetary supply—without necessary resources, Dr. Carroll will not be able to continue cruel animal experimentation. Demand that the National Institute of Health cut all of her funding immediately.
Dear National Institute of Health,
You are currently funding animal torture. Dr. Marilyn Carroll of the University of Minnesota has been torturing primates for over 25 years. As part of her research, she forces these poor mammals to self-administer drugs by refusing them food until they do so. If these primates do not comply with her experimental methods, she authorizes their murder. Victims of the experiment are kept in inhumane conditions and experience the same debilitating symptoms that drug addicts do. These symptoms include seizures, loss of muscle coordination, trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, heart-attacks, strokes, hallucinations, and even death.
We not only strongly oppose the torture of these primates, we also refuse to let our tax dollars fund such barbarous methodologies. Please cut all funding of Dr. Carroll’s research immediately.
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