underway to have four rhesus monkeys rehabilitated and released
from the University of Connecticut's Farmington Health Center and
to have primate experimentation permanently abolished at the University.
The experiment, spearheaded by Dr. Waitzman, claims to study eye
movement and brain activity, and demands that each individual have
a hole drilled into his/her head, a permanent data collection chamber
attached to the wound and small stainless steel springs implanted
into their eyes. This chicanery also entails prolonged periods of
water deprivation and the use of restraint devices.
As of now, at
the end of the study the experimenters plan to euthanize and decapitate
the monkeys. Dr. Waitzman’s protocol expires on March 31,
2006 at which time the on-campus student group is requesting that
these rhesus monkeys be rehabilitated and relocated to an accredited
sanctuary to live out the duration of their lives. The Univ. of
Connecticut Animal Rights Collective, has a petition
calling for a permanent moratorium on the use of nonhuman primates
in all biomedical research at all University-affiliated facilities.
Project supports efforts to have these sentient beings released
and placed in a PERMANENT sanctuary where they will never again
be subject to such cruel practices.The University of Connecticut
has an abysmal history of cruel treatment to animals in their laboratories
and has paid numerous fines levied by the USDA.
Project would like you to do four things:
2) Email, fax
or snail mail a letter to the Editor of The Hartford Courant
firstname.lastname@example.org The Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford,
CT. 06115, or fax, 860-520-6941.
3) Write a letter/e-mail/call
to UConn's President, Philip Austin asking that these rhesus be
located to a permanent sancturary as soon as possible. Pres. Austin
can be contacted at Philip.email@example.com
Telephone: (860) 486-2333/2337 Fax: (860) 486-2627 or at Dr. Philip
Austin, Office of the President, 352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, CT
4) Mark your
calendar for January 10, 2006 at 12pm at the University of Connecticut's
Farmington Health Center in Farmington, CT for the opportunity to
protest and publicly speak out . An exact location for
the event will be available as it gets closer. Bring family and
friends and get them involved.
Below is a
sample letter. You'll want to personalize yours but please feel
free to copy and paste if desired.
of the President
you for your time. As a person who abhors cruelty, I am requesting
that the four rhesus monkeys being held captive at the UConn
Health Center be rehabilitated and relocated to an accredited
sanctuary upon the expiration of Dr. David Waitzman's protocol
on March 31, 2006.
I request that, from April 2006 forward,a permanent moratorium
be placed on the use of all nonhuman primates in all biomedical
research at all University-affiliated facilities. As a forerunner
in progressive science, it is the University's obligation
to employ ethical, humane research practices. The use of nonhuman
primates for experimentation, in any capacity, is a clear
violation of this imperative, as their capacity for suffering
forward to the announcement of a positive resolution to this
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