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Petitioning Director Eric Sandgren and 37 others

University of Wisconsin: Permanently End Maternal Deprivation Tests


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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Director
    Eric Sandgren
  • 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
  • IACUC Administrator
    Holly McEntee
  • Scientific Protocol Implementation
    Kevin Brunner
  • 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
  • Surgery
    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
  • Director
    Jon Levine
  • Pathology Services
    Heather Simmons
  • Scientific Protocol Implementation
    Nancy Schultz-Darken
  • School Of Veterinary Medicine
    Michael Collins

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