Day: June 17, 2019

Let’s rescue the 6 macaques from the lab in Torino!


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Monkeys should not be blinded!

Our Italian partner organization LAV has launched a petition to the Italian Minister of Health Guilia Grillo. Here is the translation of the petition text:

When they woke up, they did not understand what had happened. They only felt strong pain. When they tried to open their eyes, they realized that something terrible had happened: they could not see anymore!!

The #UniversityTurin is responsible for a new series of animal experiments on 6 macaque monkeys, in which the animals are surgically blinded, that is blinded – for studies on visual impairment in humans.

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The macaques are first “trained” to be fixed in a primate chair for hours each day and to recognize images on a screen. After this phase, they are blinded. Invasive surgery on the brain is painful and should be done in the fall. The entire trial project is 5 years long. To stop that, we have to get active now!

The study will be carried out at the same time – not later – on human volunteers. Research into the treatment of visual impairment has made great strides, thanks to experiments with volunteer patients who are fully aware of it. Not surprisingly, animal testing fails in 95% * of the cases. The planned animal experiments are therefore not only ethically unacceptable, but what should be their purpose?

Months ago, we asked the Ministry of Health for a protocol of the planned trials from LAV, but access to it was denied. That’s why we turned to TAR twice: we citizens have the right to know what the EU Commission’s € 2 million in public money will be spent on!

We urge Minister Giulia Grillo to immediately stop the animal experimentation project “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” and to give the monkeys to rescue centers and / or animal welfare associations without delay.

Let us save the 6 macaques from these atrocities! Help us – before it’s too late!


* NCATS (US NIH). About the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. # Doctors Against Animals Trials #Animal Trials #Research

Here is the original text of the petition in Italian and the petition.
Please signe and share:

Al loro risveglio non capiranno cosa gli è successo. Sentiranno solo tanto dolore. Quando proveranno ad aprire gli occhi, i macachi scopriranno una cosa terribile: non ci vedranno più.

L’Università di Torino è responsabile di una nuova sperimentazione durante la quale 6 macachi verranno operati e resi ciechi per studi su deficit visivi nell’essere umano.

I macachi verranno prima sottoposti a un training durante il quale, quasi ogni giorno, per ore, verranno immobilizzati su delle sedie e costretti a riconoscere delle immagini. Dopo questa fase verranno resi ciechi. L’intervento al cervello, molto invasivo e doloroso, si svolgerà in autunno e l’intera sperimentazione durerà 5 anni. Per fermarla dobbiamo agire, subito!

Lo studio verrà condotto contemporaneamente, e non dopo, anche su volontari umani: la ricerca su nuove cure per persone ipovedenti ha compiuto passi importanti solo grazie alle sperimentazioni su malati umani consapevoli. Non c’è da stupirsi, visto che i test sugli animali falliscono, ufficialmente, in oltre il 95 % dei casi*. Quindi oltre a essere inaccettabile moralmente, che senso ha questa sperimentazione?

Noi di LAV mesi fa abbiamo chiesto al Ministero della Salute il Protocollo di questo esperimento, ma l’accesso agli atti ci è stato negato. Per questo abbiamo fatto ricorso due volte al TAR: i cittadini hanno il diritto di sapere in che modo verranno spesi due milioni di euro di fondi pubblici dati dalla Commissione Europea!

Chiediamo alla Ministra della Salute Giulia Grillo di interrompere immediatamente la sperimentazione “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” e di liberare subito i macachi affidandoli a Centri di recupero e/o ad Associazioni animaliste.

Salviamo i 6 macachi da questa crudeltà. Aiutaci anche tu. Prima che sia troppo tardi.


My comment: Do you remember Britches?

Britches was born in March 1985 in the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Britches was an infant monkey that was withdrawn right after the birth of his mother.
His eyes were sewn up in an experimental laboratory.

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At his head an electric sonar device was fixed with bandages, which should function like a visual guide and should issue warning tones. Britches was to serve as a “test animal” in a three-year study that examined the behavior and development of 24 monkeys under the influence of a sensory replacement system.

In 1985, Britches (and 460 more animals) were freed by brave ALF activists.
Treatment of the animals in the laboratory has been described as sadistic and inhuman. Britches stands as a symbol for the millions of animals that are still tortured to death with increasing numbers in laboratories.

He was fortunate, though he became blind, to be liberated.

Britches was released by the ALF in a sanctuary in Mexico, where he was adopted by a female monkey, which had already reared several monkey orphans and was then able to lead a loving life among his peers.

Since then the eyes of monkey babies at the University of California are no longer sewn shut!

But the Labor Mafia in the University of Torino still relies on the same torture methods as the University of California although this cruel method was practiced almost 35 years ago and proved to be a failure!!
Animal experiments do not work and have no scientific value, every good and honest scientist knows it. The animal experiments are the quackery in medicine and therefore worthless.

Please sign the petition:

My best regards to all, Venus

India: ‘Elephants screaming in agony’ as guides whipped them with bamboo canes at a Wildlife Reserve – Click on link for all photographs.


See all the photographs by clicking on the link above – WAV.

All photos – Mercury Press.


Horrified wildlife photographer, 47, says he saw ‘elephants screaming in agony’ as guides whipped them with bamboo canes at a wildlife reserve in India

  • Photographer Norman Watson travelled to Bandhavgarh in India on holiday to take pictures of big cats
  • But he was shocked to find elephants being abused, chained up and beaten and used to carry several tourists
  • He has publishes shots of the experience and vowed not to return to India until the abuse has been stopped


A Scottish wildlife photographer has vowed never to return to India after allegedly witnessing the shocking abuse of elephants during a trip to a wildlife reserve.

Snapper Norman Watson, 47, claimed he was horrified to see guides whipping the gentle giants with 5ft bamboo canes and beating them, leaving them ‘screaming in agony’.

He also claims he spotted emaciated baby elephants chained to trees and in cages during the working holiday to Bandhavgarh – one of India’s most popular national parks, known for its tigers – to photograph the big cats.

Norman, from Aberdeen, said: ‘I felt so much anger, there were five people in the group and they witnessed it all, feeling the same as I do.

‘We were shocked.

‘The screams from the elephants when they were whipped put a shiver down my spine.

‘They were in so much distress they were weeing themselves – while we were about 100 metres away, screaming for this to stop.’

Norman visited the Bandhavgarh nature reserve in April this year to photograph wild tigers but felt compelled to share the elephant abuse he witnessed as he could not believe it was happening in an area popular with animal lovers.

He claims the guides, known as mahouts, repeatedly hit the elephants and whipped them with bamboo as they rode them – sometimes up to six people on an elephant at a time – and saw emaciated babies left chained up and in cages.

The irony that the guides abusing the elephants were responsible for leading the photographers to photograph the tigers to help preserve them was not lost on Norman, whose Facebook post has since gone viral on social media.

Norman said: ‘They should be banned from keeping any kind of animal and certainly not elephants, given other roles in the reserve that doesn’t cause animal abuse.

‘Elephants shouldn’t be taken from the wild or ridden by people. They should be given protection throughout Asia.

‘During one of the worst incidents we witnessed, we heard the elephant in distress really trumpeting.

‘There were two young elephants, about five years old, with their legs chained so close together they were actually hopping while trying to get away from a mahout beating them with a bamboo pole.

‘It escalated to one mahout pulling the elephants over with their tails while the other had a sharp hook over its ear.

‘They rolled it onto its side and beat it for about 10 minutes, only stopping because he was exhausted swinging the bamboo pole.’

Norman, who has travelled the world taking animal photos, said India was an otherwise great place to visit but he would not return to Bandhavgarh until the abuse stopped.

He said: ‘India was a great place, friendly people but I’ll not return to Bandhavgarh until this abuse has stopped.

‘Only people power can change wildlife abuse and animal cruelty!’             




Frederik, a transport victim with great luck!




Germany, Lower Saxony: A piglet has managed to escape from an animal transporter at full speed on the A1 motorway in Lower Saxony.

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The animal not only survived the fall from the truck, it also gets a new home with an animal rights activist, as the police announced on Friday. How the little pig could get out of the hold of the transporter remained unclear.
During the trip, it fell out of the truck at about 80 to 90 kilometers per hour and overturned several times before it stopped next to the motorway.

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A car woman-driver driving behind the truck noticed the falling piglet and called the highway patrol. The animal rights activist turned at the next exit and took part in the search.

The pig was slightly injured in the fall. The truck driver did not limit the loss of the animal from his van, as a call to the transport company revealed. Because the return of the vice to retrieve the piglet would have been too great a burden for the other animals in the van, the company decided that the animal rights activist may keep the piglet.


My comment: Frederik lives, as far as I am informed, today on the Farm Butenland, Germany, together with other animals, which are rescued from the same abovementioned similar cruel conditions and have a nice life there.
Frederik won 6 in the lottery and we wish him a long and healthy life !!

The last Video from Frederik`s new life, Hof Butenland


My best regards, Venus