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Terrorizing Monkeys with Mr. Potato Head?

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Posted November 30, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

Get ready! File this one under “pointless” … actually, that file may be getting a little full lately, huh?

Just when you thought experiments on animals couldn’t get any more cruel or absurd, the good folks at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) managed to come up with an experiment on baby monkeys that’s so cruel and ridiculous it might even give Harry “Monster Mother” Harlow pause.

ONPRC experimenter Kevin Grove is spending $750,000 in taxpayer money per year to make monkeys fat and play mind games with their babies. First he feeds pregnant monkeys unhealthy high-fat diets. After the babies are born (many preterm babies are cut out of their mothers’ wombs and immediately killed so that their brains can be dissected), he attempts to scare the crap out of them by putting things in their cages that he knows they are afraid of, including Mr. Potato Head dolls. Yes, you read that right. If that doesn’t do the trick, he engages the baby monkeys in staring contests. Yes, you read that right too.

The breathtaking conclusion of this baby-bullying in the name of science? Monkeys who are born to mothers who ate high-fat diets are more easily stressed and frightened than babies born to mothers who ate healthy diets. Gee, couldn’t he have hung out at the local McDonald’s and learned the same thing?

People who torment animals for a living are terrified at the idea that the public will find out about it. Shocking.

Stay loud!
-Rachel


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  • 1513 days ago

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    this is cruel

  • 1699 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is onemore horiffic thing that is happning to these poor animals, one asks when will all this cruelty STOP

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that is sick!!! who do these people think they are?? GOD????? that needs to stop right away!!!! cruel people. makes me want to spit on their graves. gross.

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was wondering, does that mean that the MOTHER or the child were killed and brains were disaected after the baby was cut out of the womb?

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It takes a sick person to carry out such cruel and pointless experiments.

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