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