Monkeys aren’t just cute—they’re very smart and playful. In the wild, they spend a lot of time with their families, scampering through trees and climbing hills—many can even swim! They swing from vines, care for their babies, and have full, meaningful lives.
Did you know that monkeys are a lot like us? Chimpanzees and humans even share 98 percent of the same genes! Because of this, cruel experimenters often put monkeys through painful tests.
More than 105,000 primates are kept in U.S. laboratories every year. Babies born in labs are torn from their mothers’ arms, often when they are only a few days old, and never get to feel the warmth of the sun on their faces or climb trees as they would in the wild.
Monkeys who aren’t born in labs are stolen from their families in the wild. Terrified and confused, they’re packed into tiny crates and placed in the cargo holds of passenger airplanes and flown overseas, where they’ll spend the rest of their lives being experimented on, including having tubes shoved up their noses, down their throats, and into their stomachs. Can you imagine how scary that must be?
In labs, monkeys are kept in small cages where they sit alone and mourn the loss of their family and friends. They are prisoners with barely enough room to move or lie down comfortably. If they are lucky, they will be given a plastic toy or a slice of apple.
No animal deserves to be treated the way monkeys are treated in labs.
Help monkeys by making sure only to buy and use products that aren’t tested on animals and by never supporting companies that do test on animals! Pledge to be cruelty-free and be sure also to ask your friends to do the same.