Twelve-year-old girl and
225 others ask Harlow lab to stop hurting monkeys
Madison… Twelve year-old Savannah E.E. Limke, a student
in Waukesha , WI, gathered 225 names on a petition to “all
the people at the Harlow labs” and asked the Primate
Freedom Project to send it to them.
The petition reads:
To all the people at the Harlow labs in Madison WI,
My name is Savannah E.E. Lemke. I’m 12 years old. And
this list of names is of people who feel just like me that
the testing you’re doing is NOT necessary. So please
look over these names and out of the goodness of your heart
and for the innocent animals that are suffering PLEASE STOP
THE LIVE LABS! There are other ways. You’re one of the
only schools testing in THE STATE!
The Harlow Primate Psychology lab is named in honor of Harry
Harlow, widely remembered for his two-decades of cruel experiments
on maternal deprivation and social isolation using baby monkeys.
The lab is located on the University of Wisconsin, Madison
campus and has approximately 600 monkeys on hand.
Today, the Harlow lab hosts projects that explore:
§ the long-term effects to monkeys from alcohol during
gestation (Dr. Mary Schneider);
§ the long-term effects to monkeys born from mothers
who were regularly stressed or frightened during pregnancy
(Dr. Christopher Coe);
§ the effect on monkeys’ fear and anxiety when
various areas of their brains are destroyed (Dr. Ned Kalin);
§ and other similarly cruel and dead-end experiments.
“When I learned what was being done to the monkey labs,
I just had to do something to help them. I decided to tell
other people about it and to let the people in the lab know
that there are lots of people who want it to stop. The monkeys
do not deserve to suffer.” said Lemke.
The Primate Freedom Project has sent a copy of Lemke’s
petition to Harlow Lab Director, Christopher Coe and asked
him to honor her plea for the animals by closing the lab and
funding lifetime sanctuary for all the animals under his control.