Iggy Pop donates music to PETA to end cruel monkey experiments

You can see the terror in their eyes. You can feel their desperation as they try to break free from their shackles. These monkeys just want to be free, like everyone else. “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop is helping to end this torture by donating his hit “Free” to PETA for a video highlighting the plight of monkeys held in captivity and used in cruel lab experiments.

Watch this touching video of Iggy’s heartwarming song:

“Everyone can see the pain and terror in these monkeys’ eyes,” said Iggy Pop. “No one should suffer like this. They deserve to be free. »

This tragic and disturbing video features footage from PETA USA’s investigations into National Institutes of Health (NIH) experimenter Elisabeth Murray’s painful, invasive and deadly experiments, in which monkeys were inflicted with permanent brain damage and then startled by fake snakes and spiders. false. . The video also includes footage by Melinda Novak of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s solitary confinement experiments, in which monkeys are crazed in tiny cages devoid of anything. The video also shows monkeys being used in tests at the Covance testing lab for multi-billion contracts, as well as in child abuse experiments at a now-closed NIH lab. , Maryland.

Learn more about PETA and its international affiliates’ victories against animal testing.

During these experiments, the monkeys are forced to endure almost unimaginable mental and physical suffering. These experiments are not only unethical, but also extremely expensive and ineffective. For example, Murray’s experiments at the NIH have cost US taxpayers more than $36 million in the last 13 years alone. However, no treatment or cure for humans has been developed in the 30 years these institutes have tortured animals.

Iggy joins a long list of musicians – such as Paul McCartney, The Black Keys and Sia – who have donated music to PETA.

Animal testing is bad science

Animal testing is not only cruel to animals, it is also particularly ineffective. The reason is very simple: humans are physiologically different from other species. Test results in mice, fish, dogs, monkeys or any other species do not translate, for the most part, to the same results in humans.

Numerous published studies have shown that animal testing wastes resources and lives, as over 90% of very promising results from basic scientific research (many of which involve testing on animals) do not lead to treatments for humans. And 95% of new drugs that prove safe and effective in animals fail human clinical trials.

What can you do

Primates are sentient and complex beings, and some have been observed holding wakes, turning to friends for comfort, and losing the will to live in response to the death of a loved one.

At the Primate Biomedical Research Center (BPRC) near Rijswijk in the Netherlands – the largest laboratory and ape breeding center in Europe – there are still around 1,500 monkeys used for breeding, and many of them go through gruesome experiences.

Act for tortured animals in the name of bad science: Lobby the Dutch government to end the use of non-human primates in animal experiments.

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