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Your Drawing Can Help Monkeys Used in Experiments!

Experiments on animals are wrong! Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, monkeys, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cages in laboratories across the country. They’re in pain, usually separated from their family and feeling lonely, and desperate to escape. Instead, all they can do is sit in fear of the next painful, scary test or procedure that will be done on them. And after a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all animals used in experiments are killed.

NIH Monkey Experiments

Monkeys Used in Fright Experiments

Monkeys are sensitive, intelligent beings who love their families. Elisabeth Murray, a government experimenter at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is causing brain damage to monkeys. Then she puts them all alone in a small metal cage and shows them fake spiders or snakes that look real and can move or jump. Since the monkeys, like all primates, are afraid of snakes, they respond by shaking their cage, freezing in place, or turning away. They’re scared this way over and over again. When Murray is done with the monkeys, she kills them or they’re used in another experiment.

NIH Monkey Experiments

Ask the NIH Director to STOP These Experiments

No animal deserves to be treated like this, and these experiments need to stop! You can help by asking NIH Director Francis Collins to end them. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Draw a picture of a monkey in a small cage—like the monkeys used in the experiments.
  2. Write, “Francis Collins, please stop Elisabeth Murray’s cruel monkey fright experiments!” somewhere on the drawing.
  3. Fold up the drawing and put it in an envelope. Mail it in to PETA Kids so we can collect everyone’s drawings and send them to Collins.

PETA Kids
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Drawing of Monkey

Drawn by PETA Kids member Alayna

It’s important that we speak up for animals. The more pressure we put on government officials and companies, the more likely they are to change. So keep speaking up, and encourage your family and friends to do the same!