She saws open her victims’ skulls then injects toxins to burn brain cells, or suctions out parts of the brain. She sews them back up then places them in a small cage that probably reeks of the previous victim’s fear.
She then deliberately provokes their worst fears, just to see how they’ll react.
When she’s through with them, she kills them.
She’s Elisabeth Murray, and she calls herself a scientist.
Her victims are monkeys. She gets millions of your tax dollars to keep repeating this horror.
PETA has obtained 43 hours of never-before-seen video of Murray’s twisted “emotional responsiveness” tests on dozens of monkeys at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland.
The videos were recorded between February 2016 and November 2017.
Blood money and lots of it, for nothing.
Murray’s experiments have raked in tens of millions of taxpayer dollars—more than $36 million in the past 13 years alone. The footage obtained by PETA is from an NIH project called “Neural Substrates of Reward Processing and Emotion.”
Murray has received $16.4 million for this project since 2007.
NIH throws taxpayer money at Murray’s laboratory hand over fist. But not one treatment or cure for humans has come out of it in 30 years.
Murray likely knows that her experiments are catastrophically flawed.
In a 2007 paper, she and her colleagues acknowledged that, because the monkeys they used and eventually killed were purchased from breeding colonies, “we cannot rule out the possibility that environmental factors such as stress contributed to the genetic influence on cognition we report.”
Is this really the best we can do?
Murray’s experiments are an affront to human decency and an embarrassment to science.
But for decades, other researchers have been studying the roles of specific brain regions in emotional regulation and behavioral flexibility in humans, and that is producing reliable, applicable results. Research money needs to be redirected into human-relevant models and cutting-edge methods that hold promise for humans.
Murray’s “research” has amounted to 30 years of monkey torture. (To see what SHE fears, go here.) This is not who we want to be as a species.
This is not how we succeed. Take action now: Join PETA honorary director and Hollywood A-lister Anjelica Huston, who wrote a letter asking that the funding for these cruel experiments stop, and let NIH know that you won’t stand for this pointless cruelty.
“People are dying for lack of ventilators, effective treatments, and even hospital beds, and many Americans are now confronting difficult choices about the best way to use their shrinking resources because of these difficult Corona Krisis. NIH is in a similar position. Studies that are pointless, wasteful, or extremely cruel should be ended now, and that means the emphasis should be placed on non-animal studies because they offer real promise.”
Please use the form below to demand that our government stop these experiments and immediately shut down this lab!
My comment: It is hard to believe that governments leave the research in the hands of such money-hungry dilettants.
Obviously, the animal testing system with all its consequences for humans and animals is out of control.
Animal testing is senseless, expensive, dangerous, and cruel.
And the worst thing: this shit is financed with our money without asking us.
The alternative methods have not yet been implemented, but let’s say this: Animal research is not going well, more and more companies are committed to animal-free research.
We are uncompromising against animal testing.
A bad, cruel method remains a bad cruel method.
We have to be patient and persevere, participate in petitions and demonstrations, remain active against this senseless torture.
My best regards to all, Venus