Stop this Cruelty!
After a two-decade hiatus, the University of Wisconsin, Madison has approved the use of maternal deprivation and fear to create highly anxious baby monkeys. The differences between the dissected brains of these traumatized infants and the brains of baby monkeys not taken from their mothers at birth will be studied.
We learned about this when a senior staff member contacted us and expressed great alarm that Dr. Ned Kalin had been given permission to use these methods once again. Internal criticism and concern have not been able to stop his project from progressing.
U.S. regulations allow anything to be done to an animal if a university gives its approval.
The only way to halt this cruelty is for UW alumni and students - people like us - to withhold our support and donations until the university issues a public pledge to end these maternal deprivation experiments immediately and to ban maternal deprivation once and for all.
Here on this website you will learn the details of Dr. Kalin’s approved new project and about his long history of hurting and frightening young monkeys.
You will get a glimpse of the internal concerns about the experiments by reading an excerpt from the minutes of an oversight committee. The publication of these comments was alarming to some university staff.
And you can read about the history of this cruelty at the university and read the first paper describing Harry Harlow's invention and use of the infamous Well of Despair.
In light of what we know about the complex emotional and social lives of our non-human primate cousins, these maternal deprivation experiments are shocking. We are ashamed that the UW will again associate our Alma Mater with these abhorrent methods, and we refuse to stand by while such cruelty takes place in our name.
Please help us stop this project. Contact UW System President Kevin Reilly today and tell him that the university must put a stop to Ned Kalin's work and that you will withhold all future donations to the UW until they issue a public pledge to end maternal deprivation experiments once and for all.
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