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. https://ncats.nih.gov/about # Doctors Against Animals Trials #Animal Trials #Research

Here is the original text of the petition in Italian and the petition.
Please signe and share: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

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: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

My best regards to all, Venus

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