Look in a Lab: What’s Happening to Monkeys at UW?

The Rise for Animals Team, May 11, 2023

Two weeks ago, we exposed photos of the sweet dogs held in the University of Washington’s (UW) laboratories. Now, we’re exposing the truth of what happens, in both life and afterlife, to the nonhuman primates there. 

We will want to buy the brain afterward.

Is there any hardware or specific Brain area I’m avoiding with the saw?

The eyes can be sold as long as they are removed before we begin.

These direct quotes from emails among UW staff make it clear that even after death, monkeys in the university’s laboratories get no reprieve. But first, let’s look at what these animals endure in life. 

Last July, we requested records relating to animal research at UW. Only in recent weeks did we receive the records: they emailed us pages and pages of images and emails sent among laboratory workers. Most—if not all—lack context, so we have to glean the experiences of the animals captive there. 

We don’t have the details about what specifically has been done to the monkey in the x-rays below. We don’t know the exact trauma this monkey experienced. 

What we can see is that an implant has been bolted to this animal’s head, through its skull and into the soft brain tissue beneath. 

Further horrific, Hitchcockian black-and-white photographs seem to show internal tissues on display through transparent portholes bolted to the body. 

And more photographs yet show apparatus piercing the moist tissues of a subject—rather, a sentient nonhuman primate whose participation in this experiment is wholly involuntary. 

108 pages of emails released in the same batch of records tell us the monkeys in the university’s labs have been given cute names like Gromit and Spock, almost as if these animals were beloved pets. But the emails also give glimpses into the macabre truth of UW’s monkeys’ deaths and what happens afterward. 

Euthanasias are scheduled. Necropsies are planned. And, perhaps most disturbing of all, the monkeys’ body parts—their eyes, their blood, their brains—are sold off to colleagues who aim to satisfy their own curiosity. 

Even in death, the animals at UW are not safe from the prodding hands and prying eyes of the human researchers who stole away any chance of existence as nature intended. 

If UW’s treatment of animals makes you uneasy, and if you believe in human-relevant science because animal research doesn’t work, take action with us now. 

Send your message to UW’s Board of Regents demanding they stop conducting invasive research on animals, and instead opt for modern-day, evidence-based research methods that benefit humans without harming living, feeling beings.

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If you’re located in the state of Washington and want to get involved in grassroots campaigns against animal research at UW, visit the Northwest Animal Rights Network online.