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End UMass Amherst Primate Testing
08 Feb 2008
Modified: 10:13:33 AM
Professor Melinda Novak (UMass Amherst Psychology Department Chair) is currently well into a 14 year research project investigating Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) in primates. To do so, she is exposing primates to stressful environments which result in primates committing acts of self mutilation though biting and other such activity.
As of this year, the grant for her SIB research passed $4.5 million for a 14-year experiment. Think of what this $4.5 million could have otherwise been spent on! What has her research produced to date? We know the results of primates which are subjected to conditions that would never occur in nature and which we would not allow to be applied to prisoners because of the level of cruelty it invokes. This research does not make us more knowledgeable; it makes us more savage. (

Jerrold Meyer, another UMass researcher is not only collaborating with Melinda Novak on researching Self-Injurious Behavior in primates, but he is working with Researcher Craig Ferris (UMass Medical School,Worcester) on a similarly unproductive study. Their project includes exposing primates to long term chronic use of MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy. If the objective of the research were to determine whether it is safe for Primates to drop ecstasy when they are clubbing, the research might easier for these scientists to justify. We already know that ecstasy and related drugs are harmful to humans and the research is not necessary to our further understanding of this socio-scientific issue.

Accordingly, I demand that Jerrold Meyer sever his ties to the cruel and unnecessary experiments he is currently undertaking. Each year, Jerrold Meyer and his colleagues receive over $554,000 for their research on addicting primates to ecstasy. (

Ask Melinda Novak to end her 14 year primate experiment early!

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