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Lab Monkeys Have Holes Drilled In Their Skull And Rods Cemented On Their Head For Experiment

Lab Monkeys Have Holes Drilled In Their Skull And Rods Cemented On Their Head For Experiment

Some animals undergo multiple brain operations as laboratory animals to replace loosened or damaged implants or rods.

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Animal rights activists in Belgium have come forward with a demand to end cruel experiments on monkeys. According to Daily Mail, KU Leuven, a Belgian University, is conducting experiments on these primates by drilling holes into their skulls. The Dutch lobby group Animal Rights says that the poor monkeys have electrodes implants in their brains and rods attached to their heads with cement. Activists claim that there are around 13 rhesus monkeys being used for the experiment currently and that most of them will be killed after the experiments, funded by taxpayers, are complete. 

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However, the university says that the use of animals for this particular experiment is imperative, adding that breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research that have been achieved with monkey experiments. Having said that, campaigner Jen Hochmuth rebuked the use of monkeys as "useless and cruel experiments that only serve to satisfy the curiosity of scientists lacking compassion." He added, "the brain experiments on monkeys are not a necessary evil but plain evil." In addition to the 12 monkeys, the lab reportedly has dozens more locked up for future experiments.

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In order to be able to measure their brain activity, the test monkeys are made 'ready for use'. Electrodes are implanted in the brain through boreholes in their skull. A fixation rod or 'cap' is attached to the skull with cement. This rod is used to fix the head of the monkeys during the later brain measurements. The animals are (re) used at KU Leuven for an average of 7 to 10 years. Some animals undergo multiple brain operations during this long period as laboratory animals to replace loosened or damaged implants or rods, according to the Animal Rights group. The organization even sheds light on KU Leuven's justification.

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According to the test animals at KU Leuven, experiments on monkeys are justified because they provide us with new insights into human functioning. In this way, KU Leuven wants to develop effective medicines or treatments for humans. At KU Leuven they claim that “it is of course not ethically justified to plant electrodes in normal human subjects. That is possible with monkeys. " This shows that test subjects have a double standard. If you ask a researcher why they use animals, it's because they look like us, but if you ask why we are allowed to test on animals, the researcher says because they don't look like us. ”

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Researchers have also said that they can only conduct these experiments on monkeys because of their complex brain functions. "Laboratory animals are well cared for and housed in the best possible circumstances," the university insists. "They live in small groups with enough enrichment to keep them busy. Good care and housing is not only important for the animals but also to guarantee the quality of research. Only if animals have been able to develop their natural capabilities can meaningful research be carried out on them. Monkeys have very spacious housing, where their natural environment is mimicked as much as possible."



 

The university has reportedly been conducting cruel experiments on monkeys for over 30 years now. Animal Rights is now calling on people to sign a petition to put an end to this cruelty. Every animal is an individual with the right to life and well-being, regardless of use or necessity for humans. That is why Animal Rights calls on the government to invest its research budgets in the development of alternative methods worthy of a civilized society. Animal Rights therefore demands that the government stop funding all monkey experiments. Click here if you wish to sign the petition. 



 

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