Target: Gene Block, Chancellor of The University of California Los Angeles
Goal: End vivisection experiments done on primates and mice on the UCLA campus
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is one in a handful of public universities in the United States still using non-human primates in scientific experiments, specifically vivisection. Vivisection is the practice of cutting into animals that are alive, usually for the sake of scientific experiments. In comparison human vivisection is often referred to as a form of torture.
David Jentsch, a UCLA neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry, is one faculty member that still uses this method. In order to do tests on schizophrenia in humans he uses monkeys, from laboratories or the wild, and injects them with methamphetamines. He then forces the monkeys through withdrawl, and once they begin to show signs of schizophrenia, he opens their brain for tests, then kills them. A pivotal point of reasoning that is lacking within these experiments is humans and monkeys are not the same, behaviorally or biologically. There are similarities in terms of evolutionary standpoints, but not a strong enough correlation to get effective and accurate results.
Edythe London, a professor of addiction studies at UCLA, is another scientist who uses similar methods for animal testing and has been doing so for over 27 years. London’s specialization is the study of addiction to methamphetamines and nicotine in humans. Using Vervet monkeys London injects them with methamphetamines and nicotine and uses vivisection methods to study their neurological reactions. Last year London accepted a $6 million dollar grant from the tobacco company, Phillip Morris, in order to conduct these nicotine addiction studies. This fact alone truly delineates the false countenance these studies are based upon. In essence thousands of monkeys were tortured and killed for the profit of big business and big pharm.
U.S. taxpayers are funding these studies, as UCLA is a public institute and tax dollars are allocated to such institutions. It is morally egregious to conduct these studies, these monkeys are taken from their natural habitat or from one cage to another and are physically tortured for the sake of ‘science’. There are many alternatives to animal testing that have proven to be more effective, but they are more expensive and time consuming. These people have turned science from a frontier of discovery into a murderous, unethical, and greedy practice.
By signing the petition below, you are calling on UCLA to take responsibility for allowing such heinous experiments to be conducted on their grounds. It is time that our tax dollars stop funding these torturous procedures and that vivisection experiments end completely on the UCLA campus.
Dear Chancellor Gene Block,
As I am sure you are aware, there are outdated and morally unethical practices happening within the walls of the UCLA campus. None more horrifying than the practice of vivisection on monkeys and mice. UCLA is one of the last public universities in the United States that still uses non-human primates as research subjects for human fallacies. David Jentsch, a professor of psychiatry at your university, uses monkeys to research impulse activity and schizophrenia in humans. In order to do so he injects innocent monkeys with methamphetamines, forces them through withdrawl, then on a the brink of schizophrenia he opens the monkeys brain for testing and then kills them.
Edythe London is another professor at UCLA who has been using the same style of animal testing for over 27 years. Last year she received quite a backlash from the general public after accepting a $6 million dollar grant from leading tobacco company, Phillip Morris, to conduct nicotine addiction tests on monkeys. The simple acceptance of this grant directly shows the fraudulence that these studies are built upon.
U.S. taxpayers are funding these experiments without their knowledge and this is completely unacceptable. The fact that there are alternative testing methods that don’t concern the abuse of animals yet this torturous abuse still happens at UCLA, is extremely irresponsible and egregious. Although there are similarities between human and non-human primates, the correlation is nowhere near strong enough to gain proper and effective results by conducting such studies on animals.
You allow these atrocities to happen under your watch everyday, and this is an unforgivable truth. I am urging you to end the vivisection studies that occur on the UCLA campus against innocent monkeys and mice, and to adapt alternative methods to animal testing for human benefit.
[Your Name Here]
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