Newcastle University Vivisection Figures 2019
34,230 TOTAL ANIMALS TORTURED
20 MACAQUE MONKEYS
1 COMMON STARLING
11 BLUE TITS
10 COAL TITS
15 "DOMESTIC FOWL"
Newcastle University tortured approximately 345 animals just to "research" recreational drug use between 2010 and 2015.
Source: Animal Justice Project
Newcastle University subjected two female rhesus macaque monkeys to “strength training” for up to 13 weeks, all in an attempt to show what impact weightlifting may have on the human brain.
Five days a week, the animals were made to perform 50 repetitions of pulling a load weighing up to 6.5 kilograms – in trials lasting around 20 minutes. They only weighed approximately 6 to 6.5 kilograms themselves, so when they were forced to pull the heaviest weights, this was equivalent to a human completing 50 one-arm pull-ups in 20 minutes.
This would be bad enough but for the purposes of these tests, both monkeys also underwent multiple invasive surgeries:
-Headpieces were fixed to their skulls using bolts to keep them from moving their heads during the strength-training tasks;
-Electrodes were implanted in a muscle in between their thumbs and index fingers, in three different forearm muscles, and in the biceps, triceps, chest, and shoulder muscles. The electrodes were sewn onto the muscles and the wires tunnelled under the skin to connectors on the headpiece;
-Parts of their skulls were temporarily removed to expose their brains so that a further six electrodes could be implanted.
-Yet another electrode was implanted in Monkey L’s brain to stimulate the reward centre so that the experimenters could electrically manipulate her brain to send signals that may have resulted in feelings akin to pleasure. This was used during the “strength training” to keep her motivated. At the end of miserable lives spent inside a laboratory far away from their forest home, these two monkeys were killed and dissected.
At the end these two monkeys were killed and dissected.