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Researcher Laughs at Monkeys He Kills

September 22, 2010

Please see below for updated protest information, including Sample Letter and Addresses; these are courtesy of Fight For Animal Rights via Facebook. Thank you!

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By Mac McDaniel

Talk about adding insult to injury!

A presentation by an animal researcher at Wake Forest University features photographs showing distressed or frightened monkeys who are dressed up (or see below) and the photos have mocking captions. Some vivisectors evidently find torturing and killing animals amusing.

The presentation in question is a powerpoint document used by a researcher named Thomas Clarkson at a conference held by the National Institute on Aging. The NIA then hosted the presentation on its website, until questions about the tasteless nature of the photographs were raised.

The monkeys in question were subjected to psychological stress by unnamed methods, put to sleep, and dissected.

All this was done in the process of research on menopause. These monkeys were killed so that we could better understand menopause.

The monkeys depicted in the presentation include one on the first page, who is wearing what appears to be a dress, and is looking terrified at the camera. There is a speech bubble added that says, “I just don’t know what to think”, as though the monkey is confused about the scientific question ahead instead of terrified for her life.

At the end of the presentation there is another monkey shown wearing large glasses in a “silly” attempt to make her appear erudite. In the photograph, however, you can see a chain wrapped around her neck, which detracts from the photographer’s attempt to make her look humorous.

Incidents like this combine facts that we already know about vivisection. First, some of the most horrendous research isn’t being done to treat life-threatening illnesses, it’s done in the interest of for-profit pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer was a sponsor of the conference where this presentation was given).

Secondly, no matter how many times we hear from researchers that they value the dignity and lives of their test subjects, situations like this will always prove them wrong. How callous does a person have to be to not only kill animals, but to dress them up and humiliate them publicly?

Even if we set aside the pointlessness of the research, even if we set aside the always-improbability of learning about human conditions from animal tests, even if we neglect the trail of money from these experiments that leads back to big pharmaceutical companies, even if we set aside that the potential applications of this research might bring back treatments once linked to cancer, we are still left with the horrifying nature of the experiments themselves.

We are left with the fact that animals were not only killed, but also the fact that those animals bear such resemblance to our own appearance was used to mock them for the amusement of callous vivisectors.

Boycott companies that test on animals. Do not support industries and companies that profit from torturing animals. And do not believe researchers who claim to have animals’ best interests at heart.

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Protest information courtesy of Fight for Animal Rights; I am uncertain at this time who wrote the letter, but I greatly appreciate the participation and excellent letter.


To Whom It Concerns,

I was disgusted to learn that a powerpoint presentation used by a researcher named Thomas Clarkson at a conference held by the National Institute on Aging ridiculed the animals that had been tortured in the experiment.

Animals in laboratories are kept in unnatural conditions, suffer pain or distress, even death, in futile animal experimentation.Testing on animals is cruel and unethical. Results attained from experiments on animals do not accurately portray their influence on humans. Animal tests are unreliable because animals do not react in the same way as humans to various drugs and diseases. In many instances, the results can in fact be misleading, having disastrous consequences for humans. Animal testing is unpredictable – many drug treatments pass the animal testing stage only to be discarded once the human testing yields unfavorable results. Drugs that do pass the human testing stage most often include a number of possible side-effects, in many instances even death.

Excellent animal-free alternative research methods exist. Unlike crude, archaic animal tests, non-animal methods have proven to be efficient and reliable. Non-animal methods usually take less time to complete, cost only a fraction of what the animal experiments that they replace cost, and are not plagued with species differences that make extrapolation difficult or impossible. Effective, affordable, and humane research methods include studies of human populations, volunteers, and patients as well as sophisticated in vitro, genomic, and computer-modeling techniques.

I ask that your university stop animal testing and become a progressive institution in non-animal research.



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Wake Forest University:

Contact information to the leadership/board members currently missing/not found. This page contains their names and phone numbers (if you would like to call):

Research departments with e-mails (note: I do NOT know which ones of these are directly involved in animal testing):

Full list of research departments including phone numbers:

Animal Resources Program


Biomedical Engineering

Cancer Biology

CCOP Research Base

Comparative Medicine

Pathology Department

Society for Neuroscience

Tumor Biology

Additional emails, relevance unchecked (the most relevant one here is Applegate):

Administrative Director
Marcy Poletti, R.N., M.S.N.
336-716-9755; Fax: 336-716-5055

Program Director
Charles E. McCall, M.D.
336-716-4584; Fax: 336-716-3825

Principal Investigator
William B. Applegate, M.D.
336-716-3430; Fax: 336-716-5139

Associate Program Director
John R. Crouse III, M.D.
336-716-2076; Fax: 336-716-6164

Associate Program Director
Richard B. Weinberg, M.D.
336-716-4638; Fax: 336-716-6376

Associate Program Director
Jeff D. Williamson, M.D.
336-713-8583; Fax: 336-713-8800

Research Subject Advocate
Susan Margitic, M.S.
336-716-5647; Fax: 336-716-0395

GCRC Advisory Committee Chairperson
R. Duncan Hite, M.D.
336-716-9442; Fax: 336-716-7277

Research Nurse Manager
Marcy Poletti, R.N., M.S.N.
336-716-9755; Fax: 336-716-5055

Bionutrition Research Manager
Linda Easter, R.D., M.S., L.D.N.
336-716-6355; Fax: 336-716-5055

Processing Lab Manager

Marcia Burris
336-716-2676; Fax: 336-716-5055

Molecular Genetics Core Director
Donald W. Bowden, Ph.D.
336-713-7507; Fax: 336-716-5055

Timothy Morgan, Ph.D.
336-713-3829; Fax: 336-713-3806

Informatics Core Manager
Robert Amoroso
336-716-7786; Fax: 336-716-5055

so researcher laughs at suffering creatures
does he think the presentation
is sunday comedy feature?
what chips is he missing
from his feeble brain
…perhaps research on him
would be quite scientifically
torture is torture
and will not be accepted
if the tables were turned
scientists would not
like being vivisected!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 1:04 pm

    This has sent me over the edge big time!!!
    Can he get away with this?? Oh stupid question, vivisectors get away with murder everyday!!!
    This is an abomination.


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:17 pm

    stupid is
    and will always
    a disgusting
    of our society!!!!


  3. Karen Cassidy permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:35 pm

    God created these animals NOT for humans to play God and kill !!! Please end this horrible suffering and stop !!! Leave the animals alone !


  4. LoVegan permalink
    September 23, 2010 6:51 am

    Thank you very much Stacey. When Angela (thanks sis) sent me he link, and I took a look at the photos, I almost fainted. Those poor animals abused and then humiliated deserve justice. Personally, I prefer revenge.


  5. Annette Holding permalink
    September 23, 2010 10:09 am

    I feel so sick to my stomach at this report and these shameful photos! It just proves to me what I’ve always believed: vivisectors and anyone associated with this despicable business are all heartless and cruel b*****s!!! Most frustrating is trying to get the message out there. People make all the right noises: “Oh yes, that’s dreadful, cruel, etc” When you explain to them that to help all of these animals you not only have to make your voice heard, but you have to boycott any products associated with animal experimentation and look for alternatives, you can see them start to lose interest!!! You then try again and offer to show them pictures but are met with: “That’s sick, I don’t want to look at these horrific pictures”!!! If it takes effort, or interferes with their cosy little lives they just don’t want to know. I find these apathetic people just as bad as the vivisectors. The vivisectors wouldn’t have a business if everyone screamed out against this horrific abuse of innocent animals. What’s the most sickening is that none of these experiments are for their benefits!!


  6. Laura permalink
    September 24, 2010 12:02 am

    When vivisectors get what’s coming to them, in Hell, they won’t be laughing any more, ever again. This universe is a place of balance…everything balances out sooner or later. Rotten people will be dealt with.


  7. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    September 24, 2010 2:23 pm

    so researcher laughs at suffering creatures
    does he think the presentation
    is sunday comedy feature?
    what chips is he missing
    from his feeble brain
    …perhaps research on him
    would be quite scientifically
    torture is torture
    and will not be accepted
    if the tables were turned
    scientists would not
    like being vivisected!!!!



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