Monkeys are having their penises electroshocked until they ejaculate in sick experiments at a research centre, PETA has claimed.
A six-month investigation by PETA into a primate research centre which keeps nearly 2,000 monkeys allegedly found animals were being strapped to restraint chairs before they were shocked.
PETA’s investigation into the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center discovered primates were being “driven mad” by experiments and often attacked their cage-mates, it is claimed.
Monkeys were kept in long-term confinement, and in some cases, used as “semen donors” in painful “electroshock” procedures, a worker alleged to the organisation.
The monkeys were reportedly fitted with metal collars, and “workers used poles that fastened onto the primates’ collar to pull them out of their cages” by the neck.
Monkeys were then “strapped into a restraint chair, and experimenters electroshock their penises until they ejaculate”, PETA wrote on its website.
In a separate experiment, a supervisor claimed to the animal organisation a worker broke a marmoset’s leg because they were being a “bit too … rough”.
One experimenter reportedly infected monkeys with Zika and simian immunodeficiency virus, which is similar to HIV.
A supervisor also claimed to PETA’s investigator an animal once died after his cage was run through a high-temperature mechanical cage-washer while he was still trapped inside.
PETA said: “WNPRC is one of the most prominent primate laboratories in the US, one of seven federally funded National Primate Research Centers that were started supposedly to find treatments for human disease.
“But it could not even provide these and other monkeys whose digestive systems were ravaged by stress with adequate veterinary care or effective environmental and psychological enrichment.”
Some monkeys were found to be bald after they “pulled out their own hair in desperation”, it adds.
A macaque, Princess, had apparently plucked herself nearly bald but was still forced to breed, PETA said.
PETA has urged people to join them in their efforts to shut down the primate laboratory, owned by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
It is funded by taxpayer money and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has fined the university before – including $74,000 (£57,000) in April 2020 for depriving animals of basic care.
Nadine Connor, the university’s associate vice chancellor for research policy and compliance, told KTVZ: “UW-Madison is continuously examining and improving its procedures, equipment and personnel training to maximise the societal benefit of our vital animal research and to minimise risks to animals.”
According to the lab’s website over its 60 years of existence it has made research strides in anxiety treatment, glaucoma therapies and IVF techniques.
Daily Star Online has contacted the university for further comment.