University of Wisconsin: Permanently End Maternal Deprivation Tests
  • Petitioned Eric Sandgren

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Eric Sandgren
Public Information Officer
David Tenenbaum
Director of Research Communications
Terry Devitt
Public Information Officer/Outreach
Jordana Lenon
Colony Management
Bonnie Friscino
Colony Records
Marta Aguero-Koch
Victoria Carter
Compliance Coordinator
Sandra Boehm
Training Coordinator
Deborah Hartley
Chief Veterinarian
Janet Welter
Behavioral Management Animal Services
Peter Pierre
Animal Care and Use Committee
Robert Streiffer
Assoc Dir Animal Services Attending Veterinarian
Saverio "Buddy" Capuano
Head Research & Vet Services Units
Kevin Brunner
Assoc Research Animal Vet
Michelle Harke
Jon Levine
Pathology Services
Heather Simmons
Scientific Protocol Implementation
Nancy Schultz-Darken
Scientific Protocol Implementation
Kevin Brunner
IACUC Administrator
Holly McEntee
Associate IACUC Administrator
Gayle Orner
protocol status administrator
Deb Morris
protocol status administrator
Nancy Spilker
ACUC semiannual inspection
Carey Hannan
Todd Forsythe
Dean and Director of CALS
Kathryn VandenBosch
Associate Dean for Research
Richard Lindroth
External Relations and Advancement
Heidi Zoerb
Assistant Dean
Carol Hillmer
Senior Associate Dean
Birl Lowery
Experiment Station Research
Angela Seitler
Senior Scientist
Ricki Colman
Biological Sciences
Dr. Donna Paulnock
Chair Biology of Brain and Behavior / Perception
Craig Berridge
Director Biology of Brain and Behavior Harlow Center
Christopher Coe
Assoc Vice Chancellor
Daniel J. Uhlrich
Director Laboratory Animal Resources
Tom Kenney
School Of Veterinary Medicine
Michael Collins

University of Wisconsin: Permanently End Maternal Deprivation Tests

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Cruelty For The Sake Of Curiosity is Not Acceptable. Infant monkeys are taken from mothers within 24 hours of birth. To mimic "adverse rearing conditions," they're isolated with a live snake or wire "surrogate peer." Human Intruder enactments purposely traumatize them. Fear is not a byproduct, but the very goal of deprivation tests during brain development. The monkeys endure brain scans and spinal taps, before killed to dissect their brains.

When Harry Harlow first subjected infant monkeys to his infamous "Well Of Despair" in the 1950s, he disgraced UW. These studies did not advance medical treatment then or now. Artificial rupture of the mother-baby bond is already well documented. Any perceived need for more data is overshadowed by the unethical character of the tests.

Among mammals, baby primates are especially dependent upon mothers for psychological health. To rob them of any sense of self, then kill them, is animal desecration and exploitation at its worst.

UW claims to be committed to replacement of animals when "practical alternatives exist." TAKE ACTION: Ask university review committees, lab veterinarians, related staff and administration to select, or promote, the only practical alternative: Permanently end maternal deprivation tests.

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    • K Schaffner ROCKY POINT, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Join the 21st century FELLAS, and STOP this BARBARISM NOW!

    • victoria teufelsdorfer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      this is obscene. do it to humans and see the uproar then

    • jason leung LA, CA
      • 6 months ago

      test it on your own trailer trash children instead

    • dj servoss SMITHFIELD, RI
      • 6 months ago

      we already know...shame.

    • Tushar Rajput SEOHARA, INDIA
      • 6 months ago

      because i m human being


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