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Science as Torture

Long research experience has taught us that adequate human data generalize with pride and prescience to monkey data.

-- Harry F. Harlow and Clara Mears, 1978 --
Prologue, The Human Model: Primate Perspectives

The image on the left (illustrated for Time by Chang Park) accompanied the print version of the article "The Paradox of Supermax" in the February 5, 2007 issue of Time magazine (pp 52 - 53). It is indicative of the lives of tens of thousands of prisoners in the U.S. who are branded as the worse of the worse.

Alfred W. McCoy, a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the book A Question of Torture is quoted as saying (in the print article): "This is a form of no-touch torture. It sends prisoners in one of two directions: catatonia or rage."

One writer from the website supermaxed.com says "Picture living in a cage the size of your bathroom, with tiers of single cages above, below, and to either side. You remain in this cage nearly 24 hours a day, day in and day out, year in and year out."

The image on the right is an undercover photo taken in a Covance laboratory indicative of the tens of thousands of monkeys being held in solitary confinement in labs around the world. The number of monkeys held in such conditions at the UW is a tightly guarded secret.

The monkeys have done nothing wrong; they were simply born a monkey.

Investigators of both situations have found that the results are similar for both groups.

Jennifer Wynn, Director, Prison Visiting Project, has testified that: "Another indication of the pathology bred in disciplinary lockdown is the high rate of self-mutilation, a form of self-directed violence that typically involves cutting or slashing one's wrists, arms or abdomen as a way to alleviate stress or to counteract feelings of psychological numbness."

Melinda Novack, primate vivisector, reports that: "Self-injurious behavior (SIB) occurs in about 10% of individually housed monkeys. Monkeys with SIB bite their own bodies frequently, occasionally inflicting wounds as a result."

Progressives tend to see one situation as evidence that the U.S. government has run amok. Conservatives tend to claim that the human prisoners have it coming. Both groups tend to ignore the plight of the monkeys, but if they give it even a moment of notice they quickly swallow the propaganda that animals in U.S. labs are treated humanely and then turn a blind eye.



Madison's Hidden Monkeys is a joint project of the
Alliance for Animals and the
Primate Freedom Project