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Pressure Mounts on NIH to Discontinue Barbaric Maternal Deprivation Studies

January 13, 2015 by Leave a Comment

The News

Video obtained by PETA of NIH researchers conducting maternal deprivation and other psychological studies on infant monkeys revealed such extreme abuse and terror that four members of Congress sent a strongly-worded letter to the NIH demanding an explanation.

Among the many heart-breaking video clips are a babies frantically attempting to awaken their sedated mothers, who appeared to be dead, and infant monkeys being subjected to loud noises while being held in the dark in what the researchers themselves describe as “pits of despair,” cages so small that the terrified monkeys cannot stand up.

NIH researchers terrorize infant monkeys in psychological experiments

NIH researchers terrorize infant monkeys in psychological experiments

In a fascinating interview with Justin Goodman, PETA’s Director of Laboratory Investigations, Jane Velez Mitchell shines a spotlight on the studies and the deception that has enabled NIH researchers to spend tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars on these experiments for over 30 years.

These infant monkey studies are funded through 2017, but circumstances have emerged which could bring them to an end before the money runs out. First, the NIH researchers will be unable to justify to Congress the continuation of this research, which after 30 years, haven’t yielded any information useful to human mental health. In fact, the researchers have already acknowledged that the tests are irrelevant to humans. As PETA’s Justin Goodman explains, the scientists have created a “cottage industry,” collecting millions of dollars from Congress year-after-year while remaining under the public radar. Secondly, video of the experiments, which are now in the public domain in spite of NIH’s efforts to keep them confidential, has triggered over 160,000 to take action.

Infant monkey attempts to awaken her mother during maternal deprivation study.

Infant monkey attempts to awaken her mother during maternal deprivation study.

Your Turn

The NIH researchers who have taken tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars over the past 30 years to perform these useless and cruel experiments are being exposed for what they are — thieves and terrorists. Please speak up for these infant monkeys by demanding that NIH permanently discontinue these barbaric experiments.

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  1. Melissa Murphy says:

    If these studies teach us anything about human behavior it is that humans can be unbelievably cruel to our fellow species.

  2. Natasha Brenner says:

    Is there any level to which we will not sink? I don’t think so.

  3. rashel grima says:

    Stop animal cruelty

  4. Sophia Barry says:


  5. LYNNE LOHR says:

    Too sad to even watch it…I just sign.

    1. Peter Kotasek says:

      Ya I couldn’t watch all of it neither. And then I signed it

  6. Robin santasania says:

    How could you do this and WHY! How can this be stopped?

  7. Holly Stockfish says:

    Shame on you NIH. You could be world leaders in non-animal research but sadly you are nothing more than animal abusers who hide behind a big fancy title. The world is seeing what you’re doing and it will end. Your karma will come.

  8. susan craig says:

    Please sign <3

  9. Terrie Anderson says:


  10. Peter Kotasek says:

    Who are these sadistic evil “scientists” question-by allowing these kinds of horror movie style experiments to take place, what psychological damage is being done to the scientists? What do they do when they go home to their spouses and children? I had to stop watching the video because it was too disturbing. Stop these evil experiments immediately!

  11. Linda Krueger says:

    According to Reuters, the four Congressional Representatives who wrote the December 22, 2014 letter to NIH Director Francis Collins are: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Sam Farr (D-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

  12. Julie Russo says:

    How inhumane. My heart cries for these poor animals.

  13. Rebecca says:

    What can we do to make a difference? And who were the senators who spoke up? I would like to support them

  14. Kelly says:

    Testing on animals is probably the saddest and most ridiculous thing done to animals. These studies are worthless and the torture is horrible!

  15. Zig Pope says:

    Appalling use of taxpayer money. This is psychotic perversity at its finest. This is stuff that is destroying our collective soul. Evil use of the innocent and the voicelss.

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