As the leading organization working to end animal experimentation worldwide, Cruelty Free International has exposed horrific investigations and served as a trailblazer in challenging decision makers and pioneering better science. Their investigation into the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, from 2013 and 2014, uncovered the shocking way monkeys were forced to take part in neuroscience experiments. Among some of the atrocities, researchers were noted depriving the monkeys of water and implanting devices in their skulls

Following the investigation, MPI found itself at the center of public controversy over the horrific footage and in 2016, announced they would end using primates. MPI tried to place some of the surviving monkeys in a sanctuary, but no information on the actual fate and whereabouts of the surviving animals has been made public. Cruelty Free International now fears that MPI has sent at least ten monkeys to other laboratories in Europe to continue to be used in experiments. This is NOT okay.

Now, renowned ethologist, Dr. Jane Goodall has joined forces with Cruelty Free International, as well as other animal protection groups in Germany, the United Kingdom, and France to urge MPI to release the remaining monkeys to a sanctuary. 

“I welcome the news that the disturbing monkey experiments taking place at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingen, Germany will no longer take place,” Goodall said in a statement. “However, I am saddened to learn that the monkeys have not been released to a sanctuary but rather sent to other laboratories presumably to be used in further experiments. I join Cruelty Free International, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche and One Voice in calling for information on their whereabouts to be publicly released and I urge the Max Planck Institute to arrange for the immediate transfer of these monkeys to a sanctuary. These poor individuals have suffered enough and deserve to live out the rest of their lives free from the deprivation and confinement of the laboratory.”

These monkeys have never known what it is like to enjoy their natural habitat, embrace freedom, or live life as a wild animal, which is their right. Instead, they have experienced a living nightmare at the hands of the research industry – only to be sent to another lab rather than retired.

If you agree that the surviving monkeys should immediately be sent to a sanctuary, join Dr. Goodall’s call and share this post with everyone you know. It’s important we continue to put pressure on the Max Planck Institute and everyone responsible for funding the cruel experiments! Animals belong in the wild, not locked in cages forced to endure inhumane experiments.

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