Don’t Let Elon Musk Mutilate Monkey Brains

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Investigate reported torture and deaths of lab monkeys associated with neurotech firm.

Elon Musk created another splash when his company, the Neuralink Organization, released a video of a monkey seemingly playing a video game with only his mind. Neuralink touted this development as an advancement of its aspirations to link human brains with computers. Now, the company is facing allegations that its cutting-edge research is rooted in animal cruelty.

The charges concern rhesus monkeys used as test subjects in University of California-Davis laboratories. Staff of Neuralink have claimed that testing on the animals is being rushed at Musk’s command and causing the monkeys great harm and even death as a result. A group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has further highlighted allegations about what took place in the laboratory.

They say that documentation shows how the skulls of the monkeys were cut open so that brain chips could be implanted. In addition, a substance that has not been properly vetted was allegedly used in the testing, resulting in the reported death of at least one monkey. The committee further claims that the monkeys were not being treated well and were possibly being deprived of veterinary care.

The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the nation’s animal cruelty laws, has reportedly launched an investigation into the matter. Sign the petition below to demand appropriate penalties be given to any responsible parties if wrongdoing is discovered.


Dear Secretary Vilsack,

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently appealed to this agency to investigate the University of California-Davis laboratory and Neuralink for their purported roles in cruel animal testing. They stated that during these tests “monkeys had their brains mutilated in shoddy experiments and were left to suffer and die.” The USDA has by accounts begun at least a preliminary investigation into the allegations.

Please remain vigilant in this pursuit. If either the laboratory or Neuralink is found to have caused inhumane suffering to lab animals, hold them fully accountable. No true progress can arise from barbarity and cruelty.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USDA


  1. If wrong doing is discovered the responsible parties should be punished to the fullest extent that the law will allow. The torture and murder of innocent animals is unacceptable.

  2. Michelle Stewart says:

    I don’t care who you are, no one is above the law. He must be charged with numerous animal cruelty felonies, must spend 15 years in prison with no early parole, must be banned for life from owning or working with or experimenting on any animals ever again

  3. Maria Nowicki says:

    His brain needs to be studied to determine what makes him such a monster!

  4. Criminal charges must be laid!! Why is this bastard allowed to do such things!!! Put his SONS AND FAMILY TO REPLACE THE MONKEYS!!! Would he allow it then !!!! Curse this man !


  6. I don’t understand why is it still permitted to torture animals in laboratories.
    It should be banned worldwide. Now days there is technology for testing..

  7. I wish Elon musk would read these comments himself so that way he knows what’s going on I’ll bet he doesn’t he’s probably too busy how sad I don’t know what to think about this guy but I don’t think much of anybody who allows animals to be tortured.

  8. Testing such as this is archaic. Technology has made this testing completely unnecessary. There is simply no excuse or reason this torture still goes on. Musk used to be respected, even envied by some. Now he is showing us who he is behind the curtain and it is not a pretty picture. Anyone torturing monkeys in such a brutal manner needs to be arrested. Musk needs to face the same laws which we all must face if found doing or directing this sort of action.
    Musk needs be prosecuted. No matter how rich you are your bankbook does not entitle you to commit torture and kill.

  9. Animals MUST be PROTECTED at all costs — especially since this “research” and lab “experiments” are UNNECESSARY, cruel and merciless.

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