Shut Down Lab That Tortures Monkeys


Target: U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Goal: Close a laboratory that tortures monkeys to measure anxiety and depression

Members of Congress have asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate an NIH lab in Poolesville, Maryland that performs psychological experiments on monkeys. For the past 30 years, the majority of these procedures have involved intentionally causing significant amounts of distress in the animals in order to gauge their anxiety or depression. A lab whose methodologies are so questionable that they warrant a congressional investigation must be shut down immediately.

The letter issued by four members of Congress comes largely in response to a campaign by PETA that ran more than 250 ads in Washington, D.C. metro trains and stations, including the NIH station, and in major newspapers. PETA informed the public that researchers at the lab were spending millions of taxpayer dollars to traumatize baby monkeys by separating them from their mothers at a young age, inducing anxiety by using loud noises and fake snakes, and addicting them to alcohol. Ultimately, the campaign resulted in a huge public outcry of more than 150,000 emails and phone calls to both NIH and Congress.

The lab’s website states that it investigates various aspects of monkey behavior. This includes how behavior changes when a monkey is raised in different environments and monitoring their resultant long-term stress levels. In their letter, U.S. representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D–CA), Dina Titus (D–NV), Sam Farr (D–CA), and Eliot Engel (D–NY) requested a bioethical review of the lab by February 2015.

In response to the investigation, Justin Goodman, PETA’s director of laboratory investigations, said the experiments “have never improved human health and are superseded by modern nonanimal research methods that can actually identify the causes of mental illness in people and how to treat it.”

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and demand that Congress shut down the laboratory, which has devoted 30 years of research to torturing animals through methodologies that have contributed little to nothing to human health.


Dear Congresswoman Roybal-Allard,

After an overwhelming public outcry in response to a campaign run by PETA, you, along with three other members of Congress, have asked the NIH to investigate a lab in Poolesville, Maryland that performs psychological experiments on monkeys. These experiments are torturous in order to induce anxiety and depress, and often include scaring them, taking them from their mother at a young age, and making them dependent on alcohol.

Please close down this laboratory immediately. Not only are these kinds of experiments outdated and unnecessary, but they have also contributed little to human health. We cannot continue to torture animals in the name of science.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. The monkeys have feelings and a brain and this treatment of them is barbaric. Please, please, please, set them free.
    Thank you!

  2. As one of the millions who struggles with Depression and Anxiety, I know only too well how horrible it feels. Subjecting these helpless, innocent monkeys to similar stresses is not only inhumane and unnecessary, but also a senseless act of Pure Evil !!!! Don’t do this on behalf of my community !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ils ont besoin de torturer, des animaux, car ce n’est pas punie, ce sont des humains primaires et inférieurs même si c’est pour la science. BASTARD


  5. Cesar Cano says:

    Thas crazy

  6. I am not a monkey so i do not see what good experiments on these animals can be for me. Nor am i a dog,cat, or bunny rabbit. If you want to find out more about how these experiments work on humans, then give every human on death row a choice. They can stay on death row and surely be put to death, or they can volunteer for your lab and their death sentence will be revoked. These animals have done nothing wrong and unlike some humans, they dont deserve this kind of treatment.

  7. Jill Benefield says:

    I agree with Randy. Use our death roll inmates child molesters and animal abusers.

  8. I’ve decided for the sake and future of my children to help create a better world. Please shit down the NIH baby monkey torture. It’s unacceptable to abuse babies of any species. Babies should be revered and loved. Can we promote research with that goal in mind?

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