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The 5 Worst Animal Experiments Happening Right Now

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Posted September 26, 2014 by Hannah Healy

1. Experiments on Babies

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory breeds dozens of monkeys EVERY YEAR to be prone to mental illness. Half of the babies are torn away from their mothers in order to inflict mental trauma on them, and they’re never allowed to see their mothers again.

Baby monkey struggles to escape NIH worker.

These babies suffer from horrible fear, anxiety, and depression. Their misery leads to hair loss, diarrhea, and even self-mutilation.

Frantic baby monkey tries to wake up mother in NIH experiment.

In one horrifying experiment, babies are caged with their sedated mothers. The terrified babies frantically attempt to revive their mothers. In at least one case, experimenters can be heard LAUGHING while a sedated mother attempts to comfort her child as she struggles to stay awake.

Some of the young are addicted to alcohol, which makes their depression worse. What makes all this even more ridiculous is that these experiments don’t help humans! The experimenters have even admitted that the work is not applicable to the treatment of human psychological trauma and brain disorders!

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2. Experiments on Monkeys

Every year, more than 100,000 primates are experimented on in the United States. Monkeys in labs are subjected to painful, invasive, and irrelevant experiments. They’re starved and restrained, and they’re infected with diseases and pumped full of chemicals and drugs. Experimenters drill holes and screw objects into their heads. Eventually, the animals are killed.

Every year, more than 100,000 monkeys are experimented on in the United States.

Thousands of these monkeys are imported into the U.S. each year. Air France is the last major airline flying monkeys to labs. Some monkeys are captured from the jungle, torn away from their families, and stuffed into tiny cages. Some are the babies of captured monkeys, bred on decrepit farms in Africa and Asia. They are never allowed to experience freedom or the natural life intended for them.

Monkeys are locked into tiny shipping crates and loaded onto planes (often under the feet of unsuspecting passengers). Sometimes, these monkeys aren’t given food, water, or veterinary care and die on the journey. These grueling trips can have multiple stops and last more than 30 hours! Those who survive are loaded onto trucks and must endure days-long transport to labs, where they will live a “life” of systematic torture.

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3. Sex Experiments

Right now, NIH is funding dozens of horrifying sexual behavior studies in which animals have the sexual pleasure area of their brains damaged and their genitals mutilated.

Mice and rats similar to the ones pictured below have all the skin cut off their penises. Their genitalia are electrically stimulated with electrodes and injected with chemicals. They are then killed, and their penises are dissected. In other tests, experimenters locked female mice into restraint devices, drilled holes into their skulls, and burned lesions into their brains. The females were then presented with urine samples from both castrated and intact males, and the amount of time they spent sniffing each urine sample was recorded. All the mice were killed and dissected. 

In yet another test, experimenters measured the time taken for male rats to mount females, insert their penises, and ejaculate. The experimenters then restrained the rats, cut into their skulls, implanted tubes into their brains, and pumped in a chemical that would block the rats’ ability to process sexual pleasure. The experimenters then watched the rats having sex, withheld sex from the rats for seven to 28 days, and noted the rats’ increased interest in an amphetamine reward. All the animals were killed, and their brains were dissected.

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4. Military Tests

Each year, more than 10,000 live animals are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in cruel military training exercises

© Jørn Stjerneklar

In a horrific, never-before-seen undercover video footage leaked to PETA, training instructors hired by the military are seen breaking and cutting off the limbs of live goats with tree trimmers, stabbing the animals, and pulling out their internal organs. After PETA filed a complaint about this disturbing video footage, which shows goats moaning and kicking as they’re stabbed and cut into (signs that they had not received adequate anesthetics), the USDA issued an official warning to the training provider for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act and Congress called for an investigation.

Violent military exercises like these continue regularly across the U.S., even though most civilian facilities and many military facilities have already replaced animal laboratories with superior life-like simulators that breathe, bleed, and even “die.”

© Jørn Stjerneklar

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5. Smoking Experiments

Health officials have known for decades that smoking cigarettes causes disease and that animal tests are poor predictors of these effects. Yet tobacco companies continue to force animals to smoke, even though more effective alternatives exist. Two of the world’s largest cigarette companies still conduct painful, archaic, and irrelevant tobacco tests on animals, even though they aren’t required by law and superior non-animal testing methods are readily available.

Tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris International continue to conduct horrible smoking experiments on animals. Animals have smoke pumped directly into their noses for hours a day. Their skin peels, their hair falls out, and their sore eyes actually begin to ooze. Experimenters paint their sensitive skin with tar, and they are sometimes plagued by tumors.

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