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Maria Daines/Paul Killington


Backing vocals by Marybeth Daines, Maria & Paul


We're ready for Felix now...

Another day the same as yesterday
They'll come to get me and they'll wheel me away
I'll touch the screen what does it mean
To be a monkey in a cage?
I learnt the game the same as yesterday
My world is pain and I just can't get away
I hear a voice there is no choice
I am a monkey in a cage...

Day after day and year after year
They use the little monkey's in a cage
And day after day and year after year
They use the little monkey's in a cage

Get out of my way there's an animal in there dyin' for the day that he passes away
Get out of my face there's an accident in that evil place n' it's a waste of space

Get out of my way there's an animal in there dyin'
Get out of my way there's an animal in there dyin'

© Maria Daines/Paul Killington
All Rights Reserved
(mcps) ASCAP
4th December, 2006

This song is for Felix, a 7 year old macaque monkey who is currently being used for research. You can read his story by clicking this link -


We were inspired to write this song after receiving the letter below. Kerry's words painted a powerful picture and an insight into the emotions of an animal rights advocate. I wanted to demonstrate through music what I see as the turmoil of needing to free animals from a living hell, and also show the sadness of being the monkey in the cage. In association with Mary Alice Pollard, Cornwall's Voice For Animals, we launch the Free Felix Campaign in the hope that through Felix's story more people will become aware of the need to end the suffering of these intelligent creatures world wide. We hope to encourage, discussion and empathy towards changing laws in favour of protecting animals from the horrors of vivisection and shed light on the plight of primates held captive, to be exploited by humanity.

Maria Daines


'We all watched that program on BBC2 on Monday and I don't know about you but I can't get Felix out of my head. He is living in a tiny cage right now and being prepped to have excruciating experiments performed on him which will (likely) last YEARS. He is still whole and hasn't had his brain exposed for torture just yet - can't we do something?

I don't think I could live with myself if we didn't make an effort to save him - now that I have seen him and looked into those intelligent eyes I don't see how I could abandon him knowing what is going to happen. I am also gutted that that there has been no public outcry over this, why hasn't it been posted everywhere and a rally of compassionate people fighting to save him?

I am not a songwriter and am not talented in that way at all but my feelings speak for me which is why I am so grateful for someone like you who understands the emotion people like me feel and can convert it into music! The 'song' in my heart is angry - there are elements of disappointment and sadness, frustration and incredulousness; but the overriding theme is, (unfortunately), anger - how dare we, seriously HOW DARE WE???? At what stage in our evolution did we come to the conclusion that every other living being is ours to use and abuse. I am not just focusing on animals now but our host, our Mother Earth.

I realise I am going off topic but all this is related isn't it. Humans are on the top of the proverbial food chain and most feel this gives us the green light to use anything as a 'resource' whether it be another sentient creature or the very planet that gives us life! How arrogant our species is, I am disgusted to be a part of this. We are parasites. The definition is simply an organism who feeds off another life form and gives nothing back and ulitimately destroys its host. Who can honestly argue that the human race is not the greatest threat to all life? We have raped the earth, (as a species), and need to make amends.'

4th Dec 2006

Links & Info -








To view Matt Rossell's film, The Monkey Labs, click 'List' on Slang TV website -



"In actual laboratory experiments monkeys were forced to choose between electro-shocking other monkeys and doing without food themselves. Almost all of the monkeys went hungry for up to two weeks rather than shock others. These macaques, who have never gone to Sunday school, never heard of the Ten Commandments, never squirmed through a single junior high school civics lesson, seem courageous in their moral grounding and their resistance to evil. If the situation was reversed, and captive humans were offered the same deal by macaque scientists, would we do as well?"

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan in their book
"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors"

Monkeying around with the truth

TV Review: 'Monkeys, Rats and Me', BBC2, Monday 27 November 2006

From Uncaged -

This documentary examined the ethics of animal experiments by using the SPEAK campaign and Professor Tipu Aziz's research as a case study. However, there were a number of fundamental flaws in the programme that amounted to a systematic pro-vivisection bias. This may come as a surprise to reviewers such as Lucy Mangan in the Guardian [i]. But her lack of knowledge of the subject means that she doesn't understand how the programme misled through omitting key issues, assuming controversial assertions were true, and by framing the debate in terms that directly reflect the perspective put forward by the pro-vivisection lobby.

An axe to grind?

Perhaps one of the most revealing comments made by the reporter, Adam Wishart, was that he had 'no qualms about killing a rat he found in his kitchen'. It's one thing to be prepared to kill an animal, but his total lack of compunction reveals his extremely unsympathetic attitude to animals. Wishart's value judgements were also betrayed by his description of non-humans as 'lower animals'. Wishart claimed that he 'had no axe to grind' � really?

Presenting controversies as facts

The concerns about underlying bias are exacerbated by the fact that Tipu Aziz's claims regarding the validity and benefits of his research were not subject to even cursory examination. Indeed, from the very beginning the programme's narrative worked on the assumption that Aziz's vivisection of monkeys was valid, predictive and necessary. Repeatedly, the claim that there would be no medicine if it were not for animal research went unchallenged, despite such an argument being rejected by the pro-vivisection Nuffield thinktank [ii].

Instead of exploring scientific critiques of Aziz's work, Wishart presented researchers as infallible experts driven purely by altruism. There was no investigation of the role of economic and professional self-interest in motivating animal research, or the historical context that now structures researchers' choices about experimental methods. [iii] Similarly, features of pro-vivisection activity likely to be particularly controversial were evaded. Thus Aziz's extreme position, exemplified by his support for cosmetic testing on animals [iv], and the financial relationship between the Pro-Test group and the pharmaceutical industry (via the Research Defence Society) were overlooked. [v]

Negative positioning of anti-vivisectionists

In contrast, the show portrayed anti-vivisection campaigners as violent and irrational � no scientific or academic critiques of animal research were aired. There was even an attempt to undermine the moral basis of campaigners through the suggestion that the main motivation of activists was a sense of belonging to a like-minded network. Interestingly, Wishart never attempted to second-guess the motivations of vivisectors.

The truth about vivisection secrecy

This positioning of the anti-vivisection movement was designed to present it in an unpopular light, and fed into one of the documentary's most misleading themes (once again unquestioningly reflecting Aziz's claims): that the secrecy surrounding vivisection was due entirely to 'extremist' action. Was this lazy or dishonest journalism? For, the fact of the matter is that secrecy in this policy area predates animal rights militancy by about 100 years. The most detailed historical study of animal research policy is Richard French's (1975) Antivivisection and Medical Science in Victorian Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press). Discussing his methodology, he notes:

'My account of the administration of the [1876 Cruelty to Animals] Act is largely based upon Home Office ~156 letterbooks. It is a measure of the sensitivity of the vivisection issue that these documents remain under one hundred year restriction and I am most grateful to the Home Office for permitting me to examine the nineteenth-century letterbooks for the purposes of this study'.

The underlying reason for secrecy in this policy area is to minimise public awareness of animal suffering and thus control the political agenda. In reality, what is happening at the moment is that a tight-knit network comprised of government policy-makers, animal research industry leaders and some in the media with a fairly extreme pro-animal research agenda are promoting the storyline of 'animal rights extremism' as a way of positioning and discrediting anyone critical of the status quo in animal research policy, and to suppress legitimate freedom of information. The Research Defence Society's internal newsletter gives the game away. Contradicting their public statements, they state: 'it is very safe to speak out in the media'. [vi]

Hiding animal suffering

To complete the set of pro-vivisection myths, the programme promoted the idea that animal experiments were not painful. Once again, Aziz was permitted to make false assertions with impunity. He claimed that pain 'was not part of the process of his research'. Yet anyone with any knowledge of his research knows this is untrue. The programme showed the initial stages of his research, where Felix the monkey was forced to spend hours in a tiny cage as he was trained to perform certain movements. This was disturbing enough in terms of the severe behavioural limitations imposed on the monkey and resultant psychological suffering. However, the later and most severe stage of the experiments - which were not broadcast - involved the artificial induction of 'Parkinsonism' (NB this is not the same as human Parkinson's Disease) through damaging the brain of the monkey, resulting in a range of significant disabilities and illnesses. Similar earlier experiments were recognised by the Home Office as having to cause 'substantial' pain and suffering [vii].

The inaccurate, sanitised image of animal experimentation presented by the programme typified its general pro-vivisection agenda. Interestingly, Aziz's denial of animal pain in his experiments suggests that he is incapable of fulfilling the legal responsibilities of a licence holder - not that the Home Office is genuinely bothered about compliance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

In conclusion, 'Monkeys, Rats and Me' presented a heavily one-sided and distorted perspective on this most heated of controversies, a manifestation of the boasts of pro-vivisectionists about their privileged access to journalists. Ironically, in a context where pleas are made for rational debate as a means of resolving the more extreme aspects of this conflict, this piece of propaganda will do nothing to encourage a reduction in the 'extremism' it purported to highlight.

Uncaged News

New Report Whitewashes Primate Vivisection

A new report (the "Weatherall Report") commissioned by groups in favour of animal testing has - predictably - endorsed experimentation on primates.

Read Uncaged's authoritative analysis at -

Uncaged Campaigns 

Media Release 11 Dec. 2006

Animal experiments under scrutiny: recent scientific studies demonstrate poor predictivity for human medical outcomes.

Animal experiments have long been the subject of controversy. Although many claims have been made either way, until recently large-scale scientific studies of their efficacy in advancing human health have been rare. Since 2004, however, several such studies have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and presented at international scientific conferences, at which some have received awards. The results have been remarkably consistent: the stress laboratory animals experience is greater than commonly understood, and experiments on them contribute far less to the advancement of human medical progress than advocates often claim. The abstracts and, usually, complete texts of these published studies, as well as published reviews of non-animal experimental models, and relevant governmental reports, are freely downloadable from -

Also -

It is an unfortunate fact that biomedical education has traditionally involved the harmful use of animals. Many millions of animals have lost their lives in attempts to teach practical skills and demonstrate scientific principles which have, in most cases, been established for decades. However, many thousands of humane educational alternatives are now catalogued in databases, covering every educational level and academic discipline. These include computer simulations, videos, plasticised specimens, ethically-sourced cadavers (obtained from animals that have been euthanased for medical reasons, or that have died naturally or in accidents), models, diagrams, self-experimentation, and supervised clinical experiences.


▪ over 250 published studies describing humane teaching methods, sorted by academic discipline, including a review of 28 studies conclusively demonstrating that students using well designed humane alternatives achieve learning outcomes at least as good as those achieved via traditional harmful animal use;
▪ detailed submissions describing the alternatives available in certain academic disciplines, that have successfully resulted in their introduction at some universities;
▪ a large photo gallery of humane alternatives and harmful animal use in education;
▪ links to free on-line alternatives,
▪ links to alternatives databases,
▪ links to alternatives libraries,
▪ links to humane education email lists;
▪ links to other humane education web sites; and,
▪ resources to guide and assist students who wish to conscientiously object to harmful animal use in their education.

It is my hope that these resources may assist others to successfully introduce humane alternatives to harmful animal use in their own universities and schools, as my colleagues and I have done at several universities worldwide. It complements my existing site - 

Which provides encouragement and guidance for students unwilling to harm animals during their education.

Further information:
Andrew Knight BSc., BVMS, CertAW, MRCVS
Veterinarian and Animal Advocate -

As many as 115 million animals are experimented on and killed in laboratories in the U.S. every year. Much of the experimentation-including pumping chemicals into rats' stomachs, hacking muscle tissue from dogs' thighs, and putting baby monkeys in isolation chambers far from their mothers-is paid for by you, the taxpayer and consumer.

What have we learned from all of this suffering? That animal research is inherently unethical, inevitably wasteful, and wholly unreliable. The U.S. squanders approximately $18 billion per year on animal experiments, even though alternatives are less expensive and can be used repeatedly.


Victims of Vivisection - End the carnage !

Experimenters force-feed chemicals to animals, conduct repeated surgeries on them, implant wires in their brains, crush their spines, and much more. Think of what it would be like to endure this and then be dumped back into a cage, usually without any painkillers. Video footage from inside laboratories shows that animals cower in fear every time someone walks by their cages. They don't know if they will be dragged from their prison cells for an injection, blood withdrawal, a painful procedure or surgery, or death. Often animals see other animals killed right in front of them.

Most people believe that experiments on animals are necessary for medicine and science to progress. This is not the case! The belief that we must experiment on animals is being challenged by a growing number of physicians and scientists who are utilizing many research methods that do not harm or kill animals. Physicians and scientists also see the negative consequences of using one species to provide information about another species; often the results of animal experiments are misleading or even harmful to humans.

Increasing numbers of scientists and clinicians are challenging animal experimentation on scientific grounds. (1-3) Considerable evidence demonstrates that animal experimentation is inefficient and unreliable, while newly developed methodologies are more valid and less expensive than animal studies.

Vivisection is self-perpetuating. Scientists' salaries and professional status are often tied to grants, and a critical element of success in grant applications is proof of prior experience and expertise.

Vivisection is lucrative. It's traditionally respected place in modern medicine results in secure financial support, which is often an integral component of a university's budget. Many medical centers receive tens of millions of dollars annually in direct grants for animal research, and tens of millions more for overhead costs that are supposedly related to that research. Since these medical centers depend on this overhead for much of their administrative costs, construction, and building maintenance, they perpetuate vivisection by praising it in the media and to legislators. Animal researchers' ethical defense of the practice has been superficial and self-serving.

The general public, which cares about animal welfare, has been led to believe that animals rarely suffer in laboratories. Animal researchers often cite U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics (derived from researchers themselves) that only 6 to 8 percent of animals used in vivisection experience pain unrelieved by anesthesia or analgesia.(174)
Evidence indicates, however, that many animal researchers fail to acknowledge - or even perceive - animal pain and suffering.

The tens of millions of animals used and killed each year in American laboratories generally suffer enormously, often from fear and physical pain, nearly always from the deprivation inflicted by their confinement, which denies their most basic psychological and physical needs.

Conclusion -

The value of animal experimentation has been grossly exaggerated by those with a vested economic interest in its preservation. Because animal experimentation focuses on artificially created pathology, involves confounding variables, and is undermined by differences in human and nonhuman anatomy, physiology, and pathology, it is an inherently unsound method to investigate human disease processes. Billions of dollars invested annually in animal research would be put to much more efficient, effective, and humane use if redirected to clinical and epidemiological research and public health programs.

Original source:

'The Absurdity of Vivisection' -

Sources: The Vivisection Industry - 

LCA Vivisection Campaign -

American Anti-Vivisection Society -

Vivisection is Scientific Fraud - We are all Victims -

Commentary by Peter M. Henriksen -

What We Did to Rodney

We called him Rodney. He was a tall, gangly, flea-bitten shepherd mix. One ear stood up, shepherd style, and the other flopped over and bounced against his head like a rag doll when he ran. His head and feet were too big for his thin but muscular body. A stale, musty odor accompanied him from flea-infested skin and neglected ears. Altogether, he wasn't much to look at--one of thousands of dogs facing the world without the luxury of an owner.

I was in my third year of veterinary school and he came from the local dog pound. For the next quarter, four of us students would practice surgery techniques on him--the first of our small animal surgery training. He was always happy to see us--tail thumping wildly against the walls of his small steel cage. From the looks of him Rodney hadn't had much of a life, so a pat on the butt and a little walk around the college complex made his day.

The first thing we did was neuter him, a seemingly benign project except it took us an hour to complete the usual 20-minute procedure, and anesthetic overdose kept him out for 36 hours. Afterward he recovered his strength quickly and felt good.

Two weeks later we did an abdominal exploratory, opening his abdomen, checking his organ inventory, and closing him again. This was the first major surgery for any of us, and with inadequate supervision we did not close him properly. By the next morning, his incision had opened and he was sitting on his small intestine. Hastily, we sewed him up again, and he survived. But it was a week or more before he could resume the walks he had come to eagerly anticipate. He would still wag his tail when he arrived and greet us with as much enthusiasm as he could muster.

The following week, again when he was under anesthesia, we broke his leg and repaired it with a steel pin. After this Rodney seemed in almost constant pain, his temperature rose, and he didn't rebound as he had in the past. His resiliency gone, despite antibiotic treatment, he never recovered completely. He could no longer manage his walks, and our visits generated only a weak thump of his tail. The shine was gone from his brown eyes. His operated leg remained still and swollen.

The quarter was ending, and Rodneys days were numbered. One afternoon we put him to sleep. As the life drained from his body and his eyes lost their focus, my attitude toward animal research began to change.

I am a scientist, weaned on the scientific method, and should be a staunch believer on the use of animals for research. - After 15 years in the veterinary profession, I now believe there are moral and ethical considerations that outweigh the benefits. Because we happen to be the most powerful species on earth, we humans have the ability--but not the right--to abuse the so-called lower animals. The ends do not justify the means.

Peter M. Henriksen is a veterinarian.

Reprinted with permission from The Mansfield News-Journal, July 28, 1989.

Further info -

Vivisection Information Network (VIN)

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Animal testing isn't working.

And not all animal testing involves "important" medical research.

IT'S JUNK SCIENCE!!! A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON THE PUBLIC IN ORDER TO KEEP THE RESEARCH $$$$ FLOWING AND TO MAINTAIN THE HUGE INDUSTRIES THAT SURROUND THE USE OF HELPLESS, INNOCENT, ANIMAL VICTIMS! (animal breeders/importers; class B dealers in animals; the manufacturers of cages; medical equipment and devices; food; sanitizing products; transportation; and of course, the laboratories and staff testing yet another eyeshadow, another "new and improved" household cleaning product or "miracle cure" that works perfectly on dogs but kills people.)

It's all about corporate greed, indifference to life and the unfortunate ignorance and lack of interest of the public at large.

Here are some supportive quotes from MEP's about the MiaC/APE (Against Primate Experiments) initiative:

"No civilised country should be using highly intelligent and sensitive creatures for experiments, the purpose of which is all too often simply to make money. Crude 18th century medical practices have no place in our 21st century world".

Norman Baker MP

"I am very happy to support this song and the campaign to ban experiments on primates. It is clear that primates are intelligent beings with feelings. We should not therefore subject them to needless suffering and pain. I hope this song will help highlight the campaign and increase the pressure on Government to ban experiments on them".

Mike Hancock CBE MP

"Nobody wants to put human life or health at risk but increasingly we are aware that primate testing is largely unnecessary. We can therefore move towards a world when we no longer have to sacrifice primates in the search for scientific advance. In the first instance we can absolutely ban the use of the great apes and of animals caught in the wild. Then we can put the pressure on to find and validate alternatives to the tests that currently use macaques and marmosets."

John Bowis MP

"I think the song is excellent, and I applaud this noble effort in raising awareness of the horror of primate experimentation" .

Paul Blanchard MP

"As an MP, I have always campaigned for the welfare of all animals. As our closest relatives, experimentation on primates is particularly disturbing. I very much hope that this song will continue to raise awareness about the suffering of primates".

Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP

More Quotes:

"As a race Mankind has evolved, into a superior technical and scientific wonder of this Earth.

But for all of 'Mans' wonders he has forgotten the simplest thing - to respect the animal kingdom with the rights it truly deserves.

Man can and must find alternatives to animal experiments, for if we do not, an important part of our intelligence as human beings is wasted.

Animals are not lower beings, they feel a vast range of feelings close to our own, we owe them a more dignified life, and I wish this song great success in raising awareness to those who SUFFER with no voice, to say - No to animal testing!"

Melita Morgan
Actress from The Movie Mister Lonely 

"With the wealth of evidence circulating outside the control of the media it is clear to most people that there are big problems in seeking to advance human medicine by relying on the use of animals. Significantly, the use of our closest cousins in this quest reveals insignificant benefits and unacceptable suffering.

It is a widely held view that the time has come for things to change for the better. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline aimed at bringing positive changes and Monkey in a Cage is one of them. Despite what we are led to feel, every one of us has an immense amount of power to effect change. Here it begins".

Keith Mann, author of From Dusk 'Til Dawn

"Maria Daines is one of the greatest singers in the animal rights movement! Her great song, "Rise Up", has been played extensively in the US.

Her new song, "Monkey in a Cage", is a real winner! Another great song from Maria Daines!"

Bob Pyle, Apples and Oranges, Animal Rights Songwriter

All funds from the sale of MiaC are being donated to The FRIEND Animal Rescue Center.

The download day for MiaC is Monday the 5th of May and we are looking at media outlets to help us promote the song/project. We have already had articles appearing in various newspapers/magazine s, including The Independent Newspaper and Lifescape Magazine.

If you would like to speak to Maria Daines or the APE team, then please contact us via return of this email. Alternatively, you can contact us on 01604 714692.

APE Team



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