Monkeys Starved for WHAT?!

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Posted September 6, 2012 by Whitney Calk

Ladies and gents, I give you your “WTF?!” moment of the day:

Ssppeeeeddyy

For 25 years, experimenters at the National Institute on Aging (NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison starved caged monkeys to see if this would increase their life spans.

Now, the NIA has announced that the extreme, prolonged semi-starvation had no effect on the monkeys’ life spans at all.

In addition to being kept chronically hungry in a semi-starved state, these monkeys were imprisoned in tiny barren cages and condemned to a lifetime of isolation, without even the simplest benefit of any cage mates.

Regardless of what experimenters were trying to prove, torturing animals in the name of “science” is, and always will be, wrong.

Primates are extremely intelligent animals who form intricate social relationships, experience the same wide range of emotions that we do, and exhibit a capacity for suffering similar to ours. Monkeys can also express empathy, and they possess a sense of fairness—something that many experimenters seem to lack.

We each have a role to play in helping primates and other animals suffering in laboratories. Help them now by sharing this video with everyone you know.

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  • Profile photo of rawbynature

    932 days ago

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    why would they think starving animals would increase their life spans. its obvious the opposite. some people are too smart for their own good or just plain stupid.

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    947 days ago

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    who would have known that smarties like them are insanely STUPID !

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    960 days ago

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  • 960 days ago

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    I hate humans sometimes, some people are more savage and barbaric than any specie alive. Humans are selfish and inhumane, i wish the worse on anyone who harms or mistreates an animal. They need to stop experimenting on animals. Im disgusted!

  • 960 days ago

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    I’m so tired and angry with the evil people in this world, I just want to stomp someones butt when I see shit like this!!!!!

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    962 days ago

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    Yet another reason I’m ashamed to be human.

  • Profile photo of MANDAMOMSEN

    962 days ago

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    First of all, how great of a scientist are you if you can’t figure out that not feeding a living thing that needs food will kill it? Even the smallest kids know that you have to feed animals.

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    964 days ago

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    That’s disgusting. The human race never ceases to astonish me.

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    964 days ago

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    Are you freaking kidding me?????????

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