Thursday, June 19, 2008

Connecticut. Animal Testing. David Waitzman. University of Connecticut.

Watch this undercover video on what really goes on in laboratories where animals are used for testing:

Here's an excerpt from PETA's appeal for help regarding animals in laboratory testing:

" Did you know that more than 100 million individual animals in North America will be needlessly poisoned, maimed, and killed in laboratories this year? Every day, experimenters subject dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals to painful chemical, cosmetics, pesticide, psychology, and food-additive tests...

Meet David Waitzman, an animal experimenter at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Waitzman had a $1.7 million grant from the federal government that funded his cruel research on monkeys. He used the money to drill holes into monkeys' skulls and implant steel coils in their eyeballs over and over again.

Let me share with you a shocking account from an actual cage log of Cornelius, one of the tortured monkeys in Waitzman's experiments. Cornelius suffered from tremors and seizures for more than eight months after Waitzman drilled into his skull, yet Waitzman continued to use Cornelius in experiments in which he was held immobile in a restraint chair and his brain was poked and prodded. On his final day, Cornelius started vomiting and convulsing during an experiment. The convulsions developed into grand mal seizures, and Cornelius died from cardiac arrest.

So many helpless animals like Cornelius—some just babies—are condemned to spend their entire lives in barren metal cages in windowless laboratories. They are force-fed, injected with toxins, and afflicted with painful diseases. Chemicals are sprayed in their eyes and poured down their throats, and electrodes are implanted in their brains. Experimenters cut tissue from animals' bodies without any anesthesia. All the animals are scared, and many die slow, painful deaths, as Cornelius did. "

And here's a quote from a report from the :

" However, on another follow-up visit, the USDA found Waitzman performing a drug injection into the brain of one of his primates that was not listed in the new protocol, even though it was in line with USDA and UConn regulations. Waitzman claimed that he was too distracted by other issues to submit the injection procedure for approval. " I was basically caught with my pants down, there was nothing I could do," he said. "

If you want to help PETA fight against this brand of animal cruelty, you can :

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