A New York judge has ordered the state to release information about psychiatric experiments it has been performing on primates.
The NY Office of Mental Health has been performing experiments on rhesus monkeys, addicting them to alcohol and other drugs, and then testing the effectiveness of various medications at breaking those addictions. OMH tried to block a Freedom of Information request by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine for records relating to these experiments.
PCRM is a nonprofit organization that focuses on preventative medicine, does research, and advocates for ethical standards in laboratories and in the medical industry. PCRM is against animal testing.
The New York OMH’s reasoning for blocking the request was that providing all the documents requested would put scientists at risk from what they call “animal-rights terrorists”.
Luckily, Justice Richard Platkin of the New York state Supreme Court saw through these flimsy arguments and ordered the state to provide the documents. The OMH may still appeal, but hopefully they realize they’re fighting a losing battle.
New York is trying to conceal the details of its experimentation, not because they fear retaliation from “terrorists” — an absurd and failed attempt at fear-mongering — but because people who torture animals for a living do not ever want the public aware of exactly what’s going on in their laboratories.
The institute where the experiments were taking place is publicly funded so the public has a right to know exactly how their tax dollars are being spent. If their money is being spent to addict innocent animals to dangerous drugs, simply to watch them suffer through withdrawal, then the public has a right to know.
We’ve seen enough times the callous attitude vivisectors have towards the animals in their care. The veil of secrecy over animal testing isn’t for the protection of scientists from activists, it is in place to keep the public unaware of what vivisection is. If the public knew the truth about the torture and scientific fraud animal testing represents, they would refuse to support it, publicly or privately, and that is why laboratories have a vested interest in keeping us in the dark.
The PCRM has a legal right to obtain information on publicly funded animal testing, and the state OMH has no right to block their request for documents. The more we know about animal testing, the better.
In order to educate the public about the need to end animal testing, we need to exercise our legal right to demand that the industry tell us exactly what they are doing.
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