INVASIVE EXPERIMENTS ON
AT EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL
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A Lady Freethinker investigation found pregnant baboons were being cut open repeatedly so researchers could dissect the tissues of their gestating infants.
But that’s not all we found.
HOW IT BEGAN
The corresponding inspection report noted that at least three female baboons had been cut open three times in invasive pregnancy experiments — and that researchers had authorized up to six C-sections each for the captive animals, in alleged violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
We obtained the mothers’ health records through a public records request and uncovered a world of suffering.
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Illustration of Jemma (Bubi the Bear)
Boo’s Records (EVMS; Emphasis: LFT)
We also learned Jemma gave birth to a son, Boo — also known to researchers as 100417 — who was allowed to live, and that he started suffering before he was one year old.
The one infant who Jemma was allowed to give birth to was permanently removed from her at eight months of age. The mother-infant bond is one of the most important aspects of non-human primate development and well-being, not only for the infant, but also for the mother. Removing infants results in intense psychological trauma for mother and offspring, something that is likely to last a lifetime. The fact that Jemma was subjected to multiple such deprivations is unconscionable.”
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A growing number of leading scientists also are publicly acknowledging that the best solutions for people must start with human biology and compassionate alternatives.
Human biology-based approaches — and their safe, reliable, and cost-effective treatments and cures — are what sick and hurting people in our society need. Scientists must find a more compassionate path forward for the benefit of both animals and people.
LFT IS TAKING ACTION
Since learning about these baboon mothers, we’ve been raising awareness and calling for action to get Jemma retired to a reputable primate sanctuary, where she’ll be able to spend the rest of her days in peace, and for these cruel experiments to be shut down for good.
We’ve sent letters and a plush baboon to key leadership at EVMS asking for their compassionate retirement of Jemma to a sanctuary and to end the experiments.
Please join our fight to free Jemma, Boo, and all the other baboons at EVMS today!