Tuesday, May 17, 2005

PETA Says Researchers "Punched" Monkeys

This story on CNN claims that PETA has forwarded documentation of animal abuse at "Covance", a Princeton, New Jersey-based research company. A video bearing visual proof was also enclosed.

I don't approve of punching out monkeys. If the charges are true, Covance needs to clean up its act, pronto!

On the other hand, I have a problem about the video. Who took it? Covance employees? Why would they take a video of themselves mistreating monkeys? Are they as stupid as the Abu Ghraib reservists?

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThe photo in the article, supposedly taken off of the video, shows the camera right in the face of a monkey, held or tied down on a table. I don't get it. Why take a video of that? With the camera that close it is obvious that the picture was not taken serruptitiously. Everybody in the room would have known the video was there.

And, by the way, how did PETA get ahold of this damning video?

Is it possible that PETA somehow set the whole thing up? Including arranging for the monkeys to be punched out for their video?

Something doesn't seem to add up very well here. Maybe there will be a follow-up story. On the plus side, PETA has not yet burned Covance to the ground.