Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Infant Primate Abuser psychologist Mark Laudenslager of University of Colorado Continues His Ridiculous Torture Practices at a Distance

This guy has been big news in Colorado for a long time. Get this, he investigates whether poor mothering leads to alcohol abuse in adolescent monkeys. He also studies the effect of separating infant monkeys from their mothers. I’d really like to know how either of these is an important study. Seems like another Pork project to me. What a fool. Or maybe University of Colorado is the fool for allowing this ridiculous experiment to waste tax dollars.

For some reason he has moved his abuse victims to another facility but will continue his project. Maybe wants some of the blood off of his hands.


TWO ARTICLES FOLLOW:

Animal Rights Group Protests Monkey Transfer

http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local_state

/article.aspx?storyid=58576

An animal rights group is vowing to protest a planned transfer of monkeys from Colorado university to Wake Forest Medical Center.

Winston-Salem, NC -- A California animal rights group is promising to protest plans to move a colony of monkeys to a research facility in the Triad.

In a letter to Wake Forest University, In Defense of Animals asks Wake Forest to instead advocate for the monkeys' transfer to a sanctuary.

The group warns that protests and "unwelcome media attention" will result if the transfer of the monkeys goes forward. According to IDA, the animals have been used to study the effect of separating infant monkeys from their mothers and whether poor mothering leads to alcohol abuse in adolescent monkeys.

RELATED STORY:

Controversial Monkey Transfer from Colorado University To Wake Forest Medical Center Decried
Animal Protection Group Cautions That Protests Will Follow Monkeys Should Transfer Plan Proceed

http://www.idausa.org/news/currentnews/monkey_transfer.html

Winston-Salem, N.C.— An international animal protection organization is calling on Wake Forest University to reject a plan by the University of Colorado to transfer a colony of bonnet macaque monkeys, used in controversial experiments, to its Winston Salem medical center. In a letter to Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch and President and CEO Richard H. Dean, In Defense of Animals (IDA) urged that Wake Forest advocate instead for the monkeys’ transfer to a sanctuary and warned that protests and unwelcome media attention will result if the transfer of the monkeys, who have been used in the widely criticized research of psychologist Mark Laudenslager, proceeds.

For 17 years, Laudenslager has used the colony to study the effect of separating infant monkeys from their mothers. His current studies investigate whether poor mothering leads to alcohol abuse in adolescent monkeys. CU documents obtained by IDA indicate that Laudenslager will conduct his alcohol studies on the monkeys long-distance from the CU medical center in Denver.

Wake Forest should not aid CU’s attempt to shirk its ethical obligations to these monkeys and dump its problem on another university 2,000 miles away,” said Rita Anderson of the Committee for Research Accountability (CRA), a project of IDA.

Anderson’s campaign to convince CU to cancel Laudenslager’s experiments and release the monkeys, known as the CU 34, to a sanctuary is supported by CU faculty member and well-known ethologist Mark Bekoff, who has stated, “The University ought to release the CU 34 to a sanctuary and stop using these wonderful beings as pawns - mere objects - in a heartless self-serving economic ploy.”

Anderson vowed not only to continue her efforts at CU, but also to organize protests and community action at Wake Forest, should the transfer take place.

“It would be grossly irresponsible for Wake Forest to move ahead with the plan to accept these monkeys,” said Dr. Elliot Katz, president of IDA. “They have suffered loss and deprivation for years at CU, living most of their lives in a 100 year-old basement which did not even meet federal standards. These long-suffering primates deserve a chance to live their final years in the relative freedom of a sanctuary.”

Laudenslager’s maternal separation experiments cost taxpayers at least $7 million, and the first year of his alcohol studies is funded with a nearly $800,000 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health. The experiments have been criticized by psychologists and other professionals as being irrelevant to human experience and a huge waste of tax dollars.

IDA is an international animal rescue and advocacy organization based in Mill Valley, California.

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