One of my favorite things about being a part of the Care2 community is seeing our incredible members get behind issues they really care about. Take for example Care2 member Mary Elizabeth who recently launched a petition to stop the torture of baby monkeys in a new anxiety and depression study being conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
When you read the details of the experiment, it’s hard not to cringe. First, 20 infant rhesus macaques will be separated from their mothers within 24 hours of birth. For the next month, the infant monkeys will be raised alone is a shoebox-sized incubator with their only comfort being a cloth-covered inanimate object. Known as “surrogate peer-rearing,” this technique has been widely known for creating heightened anxiety in young monkeys.
At approximately two-weeks-old, the babies will then only be removed from their solitary existence to be frightened by various stimuli including human…
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