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Abusive treatment of animals
By Alka Chandna


September 21, 2009
Monday PM

Dear Editor,

Reports of color blindness experiments on squirrel monkeys at the University of Washington (UW) have only speculated on any relevance to human beings and have failed entirely to mention the pain and misery suffered by the hundreds of monkeys, cats, dogs, gerbils, and rats used by the experimenters over the past 25 years. These animals are invariably forced to endure lives of deprivation, terror, depression, and physical trauma.

Indeed, UW has a history of abusive treatment of animals in its laboratories. In 2007, federal investigators found that UW experimenters performed dozens of surgeries on monkeys without approval from the university's oversight committee.

Squirrel monkeys and other primates are highly intelligent animals who form intricate social relationships, experience a wide range of emotions, and exhibit a capacity for suffering similar to that of humans. Imprisoning them in laboratories for any reason is unjustifiable.

While it is indeed unfortunate that some people cannot see the difference between red and green, the real tragedy is that animal experimenters evidently cannot tell the difference between right and wrong.


Alka Chandna, Ph.D.
Laboratory Oversight Specialist
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Norfolk, VA

Received September 18, 2009 - Published September 21, 2009


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