The activists claim to have irrefutable evidence of this animal abuse and intend to file a complaint with the US Department of Agriculture on February 17, 2022.
Inserting ‘highly invasive brain implants’ into monkeys in full view of activists
Do you know the company Neuralink ? Founded by Elon Musk – who also owns the Tesla and SpaceX companies – in 2016, it has long kept its activities secret. Information began to emerge in 2019, when Neuralink presented the predicted model for his brain implant: a human-machine interface, in the form of a chip connected directly to the brain…
As much as a technology capable of monitoring or even stimulating brain activity fascinates Elon Musk – who hopes to start human trials as early as 2022 – the revelations about the suffering induced in monkeys by these experiments are chilling.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) claims to have obtained evidence of “ extreme suffering induced in animals during these experiments. These sufferings resulted inadequate conditions of detention and care ” it’s from ” the insertion of highly invasive brain implants “.
The device that develops Neuralink it actually consists of a chip and electrical wires that run through the skull.
The more than 700 pages of documents obtained by activists, through a request for access to administrative documents, contain notes made over the years by veterinarians and necropsy reports (these files obtained after the death of an animal, detailing its causes ) .
Neuralink: Nine violations of the law on the good treatment of animals identified
The documents available for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine refer to 23 monkeys that were kept on the Davis campus of the University of California between 2017 and 2020, before relations between Neuralink and the university are getting worse and Neuralink terminate your collaboration.
Virtually all monkeys that received head implants suffered debilitating health effects. They were frankly maiming and killing animals
said Jeremy Beckham, research director at PCRM
In your complaint, of which the Business Insider received the draft, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports nine violations of theAnimal Welfare Actthe reference animal welfare law in the United States.
These violations include a breach of commitment to minimize the animals’ pain and distress, failure to make daily observations of the animals’ physical condition, and failure to use a veterinarian to administer anesthesia.
One of the files prepared by a veterinarian mentions the absence in one of the monkeys of certain fingers and toes, ” result of self-harm or other unidentified trauma “.
” Virtually all monkeys that received head implants suffered debilitating health effects. They were frankly maiming and killing animals said Jeremy Beckham, Director of Research at PCRM.
A video showing a monkey playing Pong by thinking thanks to one of Neuralink’s brain chips: a completely useless “power”, which certainly caused him great suffering
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PCRM will file its complaint with the US Department of Agriculture on February 17, 2022. Neuralinkwe defend ourselves by advancing the argument: several animals have arrived” in terminal procedure ” Due date ” poor health conditions related to your condition before being assigned to Neuralink “. The company would have moved the animals to its own facility in 2020 to “ improve your quality of life “: ” HAVECurrently, all new medical devices and treatments must be tested on animals before they can be ethically tested on humans. Neuralink is not unique in this regard. At Neuralink, we are 100% dedicated to working with animals in the most humane and ethical way possible. »
Banner illustration: Will Neuralink still be able to test its brain implants in humans this year? – © lesston
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