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Saved: Capuchin Monkeys saved from neurology laboratory

In 2001 the plight of a group of capuchin monkeys at the University of Chile’s neuroscience laboratory came to light. Their brains had been exposed and electrodes attached to monitor their optic nerves. Undercover footage showed the monkeys running in circles, screaming and defecating as staff approached. The experiments were halted, but for four monkeys remained in the lab.

Finally, on 11th February 2003, the monkeys were handed over to the primate rescue centre in Santiago. Sadly one was very sick and had to be put to sleep. The other, Darwin, Aristotle and Socrates were greedily grabbing pieces of water melon from the hand of one of our Field Officers.

Thanks to donations from ADI and the National Anti Vivisection Society large new enclosures were built incorporating natural vegetation and enrichment. The three monkeys aged between 10 and 15years, and they may live to be 40 years old.

The monkeys are now safe at the Centro de Rehabilitación de Primates which was established to rescue suffering monkeys and now it holds over a hundred South American monkeys.

ADI Chief Executive, Jan Creamer, was recently in Chile for a series of television appearances, media interviews and meetings with animal protection groups, and took time to drop in on the rescued monkeys. Jan notes: “It was wonderful to see these small monkeys who have suffered so much, embarking on a new life. They do not realise it, but they will never be harmed again. I have seen such suffering in laboratories over the years, where the plight of animals often seems so hopeless, that it is particularly poignant that these monkeys have made it out alive – against all the odds“.

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