The Wisconsin Protocols
Another small window into the around-the-clock suffering fueled by taxpayers at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. The experiments described below are fairly typical of taxpayer-funded research occurring at university labs across the country.
These protocols describe what is going to be done to the animals -- or what is being done to them right now, or what was recently done to them. This is spelled out in question 17 of the standard University of Wisconsin, Madison animal research protocol form.
The purported reasons for the experiments are stated elsewhere in the form as is other information such as details of surgeries, the experience of those coming into contact with the animals and claims that the scientist has made some attempt to look at published research and promises that the proposed experiments are not too redundant.
Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV)
In absolute numbers, SIV research uses more monkeys than all the other experiments combined. Throughout the SIV protocols the researchers ( David Watkins is the main SIV researcher) justify the single housing of infected monkeys with statements like this:
SIV infected animals will require continued separation to prevent any possibility of interanimal virus transmission through bites. Because of the varying natural viral selection detectable through each animal, this holds true even for monkeys initially infected with the same virus stock. Equally important, single housing decreases the chances of spreading secondary infections that are inevitably observed in the latter part of the viral infection (SAIDS).
Recently acquired documents suggest that over 1000 monkeys at the Wisconsin primate center may be singly housed -- a known cause of self-mutilation in rhesus monkeys.
SIV infection in macaques is characterized by
symptoms such as wasting, persistent diarrhea that does not respond to supportive or antibiotic therapy, lung and brain lesions,
various and variable other symptoms, and certain death.
There is significant repetition in theSIV protocols below. Each one represents the final months, weeks, or days of the lives of monkeys kept alone and hurt and frightened repetitively. The only benefits that have ever come from the thousands of such SIV experiments in monkeys have been the dollars added to the lab personnel's bank accounts.
It's a filthy business.
Ruth Benca et al's sleep experiments (see sleep)
Paul Kaufman's eye experiments
Kalin, Davidson, et al's emotion experiments
(Probably) Ei Terasawa's push-pull perfusions (see Terasawa)
Joe Kemnitz/Richard Weindruch's caloric restriction experiments
Obesity (see http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/132/10/3155)
(Probably) Thaddeus Golos
David Abbott's polycystic ovarian syndrome nonsense
(probably Michele Basso)
(For more on MPTP see UW Animal Research Propaganda)
Note: The monkeys being used in 386MPTP.pdf are older and larger than the monkey shown here.
This study demonstrates a fairly common phenomena of animal-based biomedical research. The number of variables and assumptions is so large that the "results" will mean nothing whatsoever. It appears that many scientists using animals have a less than cogent grasp of the scientific method.