TODAY (Video): PETA supporters cause ruckus over UMass monkeys’ menopause tests

For immediate release:
March 8, 2022

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Palm Beach, Florida. – Earlier in the evening, four PETA supporters crushed a rally of University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMass) alumni at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where they confronted the president of the UMass, Marty Meehan, and interrupted his speech to expose the school’s horrific experiences with menopause. marmosets. Photos and video footage of the event are available here.

Protesters shouted information about the tests, including that university experimenters strapped frightened marmosets into restraints, pierced their skulls and implanted electrodes, cut their necks to expose muscles and threaded electrode leads from leather scalp and from the neck to the abdomen. . To mimic hot flashes in marmosets, experimenters cut out their ovaries and warm the animals with hand warmers, such as those placed in mittens during the winter.. In another UMass experiment, neutered male marmosets were injected with testosterone and then tested for cognitive functioning. In some tests, these sensitive and social monkeys are kept in solitary confinement.

“UMass alumni deserve to know that their alma mater is tormenting monkeys behind closed doors, says Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of PETA. “PETA supporters are rallying to end marmoset experiments at this university.”

PETA has been contacted by many UMass alumni and donors concerned about the school’s animal welfare violations. The university was cited by the United States Department of Agriculture for severely burning an animal on a heating pad while recovering from surgery, failing to alert a veterinarian who treats sick animals and allowing a monkey from escaping and injuring the animal’s tail upon recapture. .

PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment with” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s news gathering and investigative reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.