Success: Baby Monkeys No Longer Tortured In Lab


Target: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Goal: Applaud the end of cruel experiments on baby monkeys that included intentional traumatization.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have put an end to the distressing psychological experiments they had been inflicting on baby monkeys for 30 years after a yearlong PETA campaign and a petition by the ForceChange community. The researcher who led these appalling tests, Stephen Suomi, will no longer experiment on animals and his laboratory will be closed down.

The experiments involved infant Rhesus monkeys being taken from their mothers at birth and purposefully traumatized to study anxiety and depression. These young monkeys were terrorized with loud sounds, robotic snakes and human experimenters, confined to tiny wire cages and rendered alcoholic through ethanol injections in order to worsen their mental distress. These horrible experiments have crippled many of these innocent animals for life.

The end of these horrific tests comes after a loud response by celebrities such as James Cromwell and Bob Barker, as well as Dr. Jane Goodall who stated that these inhumane experiments were easily replaceable with better research involving human volunteers. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard led the review into the facility undertaking these awful experiments.

In response to the news, she said, “I am proud to have helped get the NIH to stop these experiments, and I am please that the laboratory where the experiments are conducted will be closed after more than thirty years. However, there is still more work to do. We must send these monkeys to sanctuaries, and get closer review of all primate tests so that we can identify and end unnecessary experiments.”

Sign this petition thanking Congresswoman Roybal-Allard for her hard work in ending these experiments and for her continuing dedication to identify and end many more across the country.


Dear Representative Roybal-Allard,

I would like to praise you for helping put an end to the cruel experiments on infant monkeys in NIH laboratories. This has been a crucial success, considering these inhumane and wasteful experiments were allowed to carry on for 30 years. I was also glad to hear that Stephen Suomi will no longer be allowed to experiment on animals and that his laboratory will be shut down.

I would also like to applaud your continuing dedication to reviewing all primate tests and ending unnecessary experiments. Animals are sentient beings who exist in their own right. They aren’t ours to use for our own purposes and should therefore never be experimented on. Nonetheless, thousands of tests on monkeys and other animals are still carried out in labs across the country. Please continue working toward ending all animal testing. Thank you again for your help with this vital victory and for your ongoing commitment to end these experiments.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    I wish she were MY congressperson.

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Almost forgot: Poor Stephen Suomi. Now what will he do for fun?

  3. Meno male!Almeno questo!

  4. This is one nut case that had his butt kicked out of his so called lab along with losing his funding. You have to laugh at creeps like this when all of that free taxpayer money drys up. He needs to look for a job with one of the local politicians he would fit right in.


    It takes time to sign petitions and it IS so WORTH WHILE!!! I have been signing for years and I am VERY proud to part of these successes Thank God for animal lovers like YOU ALL. May the new year bring much more needed successes.

  6. Bina Pannell says:

    Something is so terribly wrong with this world that we are in charge of, that in the 21st century we are still campaigning for humans to show the most basic of human kindness and compassion.

  7. Thank You for doing the right thing !!! As for the individuals who were responsible for torturing these precious little monkeys, may they wake up in a world where monkeys rule and humans are nothing – i.e. along the lines of the “Planet Of The Apes” movies.

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