[MARC] Harvard: Friday's Fiend
- _Harvard: Friday's Fiend _
Posted by: "helenandsteve2003" _rayshick@... _
(mailto:rayshick@...?Subject= Re:Harvard:%20Friday's%20Fiend) _helenandsteve2003 _
Fri Nov 2, 2007 5:37 am (PST)
Each day this week, in preparation for our Harvard Primates Vigil
tomorrow, we have been highlighting a different Harvard primate
vivisector and his or her work.
Today's animal-fiendly selection is Bertha K. Madras, aka, The
Wicked Witch of the East, aka, The She-Devil of Southborough.
(Please note that this is no way meant to denigrate the Good Witches
in any way.) :-)
Bertha's been addicting animals to recreational drugs for 40 years
now. Pick a drug and pick an animal and Bertha has forced the former
on the latter. Standard methods for forcing primates to take drugs
are to withhold food and make them choose between drugs or hunger or
to use electric shock and the threat of electric shock. (She is a
big buddy of Herr Doktor Spealman, whom we highlighted for his cruel
animal addiction work on Tuesday. We are certainly getting the
picture that forced animal addiction is big money for Harvard,
aren't we? Actually, Harvard gets about $2 million/year to addict
animals to drugs. Jeez, a lot of street pushers would be very happy
with those kinds of salaries, huh?)
Here is just one of the Wicked Witch's most recent experiments.
(Note that she describes the monkeys as having been "recruited".
What's that mean? Were they able to peruse the Harvard benefits
package before signing on?)
This is how she starts this lovely experiment: Shoot up monkeys with
cocaine for 16 consecutive days. Then this so-called "treatment
period" is followed by a 7 day "period of abstinence" before the
recruited monkeys are given what she calls "the cocaine challenge".
(Huh??!? Is this some drug-induced take on that old Pepsi Challenge
And, groan, like most of the other Harvard voyeur-scientist, animal
torturers' deeds, all of this, of course, is videotaped.
According to the Wicked Witch, the resulting cage behaviors of the
monkeys were "readily distinguishable by observers blinded to the
treatment type", which in us common people's language means "Any
damn fool could see these poor animals were being driven crazy by
the cocaine that witch gave them."
Here is what the animals did when forced to ingest all this cocaine
(i.e. Dr. Witch's "Results"):
1. Rapid side-to-side swinging movements of the head interrupted by
brief periods of visual tracking or staring (frequently at a raised
2. Huddling either in a corner or at the bottom of the cage.
3. Cage clutching and holding.
4. To-and-fro rocking and swinging.
Oh, Bertha, Bertha. This is NOT what they meant when they told you
as a child that something was more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Bertha says the poor monkeys "exhibited striking stereotypic
behaviors" which, again, in non-Harvard-behaviors" which,
means "They just did what everyone knew they would do already." So
why in the world is she doing this, other than, dare we say, the
sadistic pleasure she must get from watching a bunch of drug-crazed
Sigh. It gets worse. Two hours after The Final Cocaine Challenge,
the Wicked Witch is not even satisfied with euthanizing the animals
before she slices into their brains. She insists on doing it while
they are still alive.
[Dear Lord, isn't there a house somewhere in Kansas that can fall on
us and wake us up in a world where no one would ever think to do, let
alone, do, such things to innocent animals?]
Anyway, after all that she does what every academic does---fills
pages of journals with charts she generates from this "data". (God
help us all when PowerPoint falls into the wrong hands.) You can see
it all here: _http://www.jneuroschttp://wwwhttp://www.jnhttp://www_
but to tell you the truth, we are sick unto death of it all.
Hope to see you this weekend for the 2000+ Harvard primates!
And look for tomorrow's postings about weather and MARC's final
evaluation of how Harvard treats primates.
For the animals,
Helen & Steve
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