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Researcher Laughs at Monkeys He Kills
by fight for animal rights on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 9:58am
A presentation by an animal researcher Thomas Clarkson at Wake Forest University features photographs showing distressed or frightened monkeys who are dressed up, with mocking captions. Some vivisectors evidently find torturing and killing animals amusing.
The monkeys in question were subjected to psychological stress by unnamed methods, put to sleep, and dissected. All this was done in the process of research on menopause. These monkeys were killed so that we could better understand menopause.
I was disgusted to learn that a powerpoint presentation used by a researcher named Thomas Clarkson at a conference held by the National Institute on Aging ridiculed the animals that had been tortured in the experiment.
Animals in laboratories are kept in unnatural conditions, suffer pain or distress, even death, in futile animal experimentation. Testing on animals is cruel and unethical. Results attained from experiments on animals do not accurately portray their influence on humans. Animal tests are unreliable because animals do not react in the same way as humans to various drugs and diseases. In many instances, the results can in fact be misleading, having disastrous consequences for humans. Animal testing is unpredictable - many drug treatments pass the animal testing stage only to be discarded once the human testing yields unfavorable results. Drugs that do pass the human testing stage most often include a number of possible side-effects, in many instances even death.
Excellent animal-free alternative research methods exist. Unlike crude, archaic animal tests, non-animal methods have proven to be efficient and reliable. Non-animal methods usually take less time to complete, cost only a fraction of what the animal experiments that they replace cost, and are not plagued with species differences that make extrapolation difficult or impossible. Effective, affordable, and humane research methods include studies of human populations, volunteers, and patients as well as sophisticated in vitro, genomic, and computer-modeling techniques.
I ask that your university stops animal testing and becomes a progressive institution in non-animal research.
Preferably send a PERSONAL letter to Clarkson, commenting on his sick sense of humour and his sadistic experiments (note that Clarkson is, for that reason, not included in the e-mail block further down, so you'll have to ADD him if you want to send the same sample letter).
Thomas Clarkson, D.V.M.
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Wake Forest University
Contact information to the leadership/board members currently missing/not found. This page contains their names and phone numbers (if you would like to call):
Research departments with e-mails (note: I do NOT know which ones of these are directly involved in animal testing):
Full list of research departments including phone numbers:
Animal Resources Program
Biomedical Engineering
Cancer Biology
CCOP Research Base
Comparative Medicine
Pathology Department
Society for Neuroscience
Tumor Biology
E-mail block 1:
Additional emails, relevance unchecked (the most relevant one here is Applegate):
Administrative Director
Marcy Poletti, R.N., M.S.N.
336-716-9755; Fax: 336-716-5055
Program Director
Charles E. McCall, M.D.
336-716-4584; Fax: 336-716-3825
Principal Investigator
William B. Applegate, M.D.
336-716-3430; Fax: 336-716-5139
Associate Program Director
John R. Crouse III, M.D.
336-716-2076; Fax: 336-716-6164
Associate Program Director
Richard B. Weinberg, M.D.
336-716-4638; Fax: 336-716-6376
Associate Program Director
Jeff D. Williamson, M.D.
336-713-8583; Fax: 336-713-8800
Research Subject Advocate
Susan Margitic, M.S.
336-716-5647; Fax: 336-716-0395
GCRC Advisory Committee Chairperson
R. Duncan Hite, M.D.
336-716-9442; Fax: 336-716-7277
Research Nurse Manager
Marcy Poletti, R.N., M.S.N.
336-716-9755; Fax: 336-716-5055
Bionutrition Research Manager
Linda Easter, R.D., M.S., L.D.N.
336-716-6355; Fax: 336-716-5055
Processing Lab Manager
Marcia Burris
336-716-2676; Fax: 336-716-5055
Molecular Genetics Core Director
Donald W. Bowden, Ph.D.
336-713-7507; Fax: 336-716-5055
Timothy Morgan, Ph.D.
336-713-3829; Fax: 336-713-3806
Informatics Core Manager
Robert Amoroso
336-716-7786; Fax: 336-716-5055
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