Target: Barbara J. King, Anthropologist, Author and Activist
Goal: Support efforts to end laboratory testing and abuse of infant rhesus monkeys.
Thousands of baby animals are taken from their mothers every day in America. Numerous American industries use animals for intent of furthering human knowledge. Almost always animal testing does not yield useful information; rather, the tests only cause intense pain and grief to the animal subjects. Primates are a popular subject for testing facilities due to their similarities to humans. Rhesus monkeys are currently being used for human depression and anxiety research. Laboratories will take rhesus monkeys from their mothers just 12 hours after birth to be studied, a process that leaves the monkeys fear-stricken and depressed. One compassionate, intelligent person is working tirelessly to end abuse of rhesus monkeys.
Barbara J. King, an anthropology professor at the College of William and Mary, recently testified at Capital Hill in defense of rhesus monkeys. Rhesus monkeys are used for research on human health by an NIH laboratory in Maryland. NIH officials insist that the monkeys are necessary for mental health research, defending their actions by insisting that all animal welfare standards are met and often exceeded. However, guidelines are always blurry and not properly regulated in many animal research laboratories, and investigation into this NIH laboratory proves this sad reality to be true. Not to mention, humane research of human brains has proven to be more beneficial for research.
King is working to bring modern human-research findings to the government in attempts to free abused and captive rhesus monkeys. Monkey research should be made a thing of the past. Applaud King for working tirelessly to end the plight of rhesus monkeys in Maryland.
Dear Ms. King,
Rhesus monkeys used for laboratory research in Maryland may soon be granted freedom because of your tireless efforts to help them. Thank you for standing before lawmakers to change the fate of rhesus monkeys. You are such an amazing advocate for these animals; you will surely change their lives for the better.
I understand how daunting it is to stand up for one’s beliefs, especially if the law is against you. Know, however, that you stand up for what is right, and that trumps standing up for what is popular any day. Please use my signature, as well as the others that this petition generates, to strengthen your defense in court. I too believe that these monkeys deserve a fulfilling, pain-free life.
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