For over three years, more than two dozen squirrel monkeys were held hostage as subjects in an FDA study on nicotine addiction. After decades of research, with definitive answers each time that yes, nicotine has been proven to be addictive, experiments such as these still take place in U.S. government labs and universities, both public and private. That these needless experiments continue to be funded by your tax dollars flies in the face of results already published by consumer groups. Last year, four of the squirrel monkeys involved in this nicotine study died. When word got out about the deaths, advocates quickly began criticizing the Arkansas ‘research’ lab.
Ms. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and renowned worldwide as an advocate for monkeys, apes, chimps, etc., sent a heartfelt letter to the FDA, calling such experiments ‘taxpayer-funded torture’,
“I’m sure most Americans would be horrified their tax dollars are paying for this abuse.”
Another national advocacy group, the White Coat Waste Project (WCWP), who champions many animal rights causes, has found politicians on both sides of the Congressional aisle who are also animal advocates. Together, they fought to gain the release of the captive monkeys.
And then, fantastic news arrived! In November, the squirrel monkeys involved in the study were granted their freedom. The 26 monkeys found new homes in Gainesville, Florida, with Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary.
Per reports, the monkeys were in poor condition, with stress causing at least one to chew his own tail; dehydration, hair loss and unexplained wounds were also found on the released monkeys.
Kari Bagnall, founder & executive director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, is extremely excited about the liberation of the monkeys. She told Lady Freethinker,
“The release of these monkeys from nicotine studies at the FDA is unprecedented! We are confident this will open the door for other monkeys in research to retire to sanctuaries.”
The research may involve cats, dog, rabbits, rodents and primates; these involuntary ‘test subjects’ run the full spectrum of the animal world. When polled, the majority of the public want this research and these facilities shut down. In multiple cases, by working with members of Congress, WCWP advocates and other groups are successful in shuttering the doors of various labs and facilities. Often, the animals are euthanized in the labs in which they’ve lived, without offering them up for adoption, rescue or to a sanctuary. These 26 sentient beings were the most current exception to that sad fact.