As
the U.S. Army is poised
to begin poisoning African vervet monkeys
at Maryland’s Aberdeen
Proving Ground, PETA’s “monkeys”
descended
on Secretary of the
Army John McHugh’s home to demand that he stop the cruelty.

If
McHugh was a little uncomfortable that we were on his front doorstep, perhaps
he should think about how uncomfortable the Army makes its primate prisoners, injecting the monkeys
with a drug overdose in a crude and cruel attempt to replicate the effects of a
nerve agent attack. The drug overdose causes the monkeys to suffer from violent
seizures and vomiting, and some even stop breathing. The monkeys are subjected
to this abuse every few months for as long as three years.

Military
and civilian training programs around the world use sophisticated human patient simulators that can be programmed
to mimic the human response to a
nerve agent attack, which is very different from a monkey’s.
Not only are the Army’s monkey experiments cruel and inefficient, they also violate
Department of Defense policies prohibiting the harming of primates in training
exercises and requiring that non-animal methods be used whenever they are
available.

We
brought the message home today for McHugh. Now you can help stop the U.S. Army
from poisoning monkeys by calling
Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general of Aberdeen Proving Ground
, at 410-278-0833 and urging his
facility to switch to non-animal training methods.

 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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Article source: PETA Files

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