Target: Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, UK Department for Education
Goal: Cut government funding of cruel animal testing facility at Cambridge University
The Cambridge University’s taxpayer funded animal testing laboratories cause unnecessary pain and suffering to several species of primates and other animals. Rhesus macaques, marmosets, as well as rats and other creatures are subject to brutal mutilation and electrical shocks, sometimes without proper anesthetic.
The laboratory induces physical injury and brain damage to primates in order to measure physical and cognitive abilities afterward. In one set of tests, the primates’ arms were broken, and they were restrained in such a way that only the damaged limb was useable. They were then deprived of food and water, twenty-two hours a day for two and a half years, so as to force the primate to fetch nourishment with only its broken arm.
After inducing brain damage in some monkeys, they would place them in small glass-like boxes to induce rotation behavior, a common characteristic of confusion and stress. The monkeys were then injected with methamphetamine and other chemicals in order to speed up their rotations, often resulting in screeching, clawing, and panic.
In another, the monkeys’ scalps were sawed open in order to induce a stroke. The monkeys were then left unattended for 15 hours without veterinary attention, as there are no after-hours care staff employed by the facility. Sometimes, the creatures on the operating table displayed muscle tone, a sign of improper anesthesia.
The university laboratory relies on taxpayer dollars in the form of government subsidies to operate. Demand an end to the cruel experiments and retirement of all primates in the facility by withdrawing all taxpayer funding from the facility.
Dear Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, UK Department for Education,
The Cambridge University’s animal research laboratories inflict cruel pain and suffering on intelligent and sentient primates. During tests, the monkeys are physically injured, deprived of food and water, injected with drugs such as methamphetamine, and restrained. Stroke and brain damage is induced, sometimes with improper anesthetic, and the animals are left unattended for 15 hours afterward when the staff return home.
The pain and stress caused by these experiments is cruel and unnecessary. I demand that taxpayer funding in the form of government subsidies is revoked. I ask that the primate testing be cancelled, and the monkeys retired to sanctuaries.
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