(ORDO NEWS) — Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Elon Musk’s Neuralink due to animal cruelty.
Animal rights activists from the animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have accused Neuralink of cruelty to animals, particularly monkeys.
The organization has filed a complaint against Elon Musk’s company with the Department of Agriculture. It is reported by Futurism magazine.
The reason for the outrage of animal activists was the development of Neuralink related to a device that is planned to be implanted in the human brain to stimulate it. The company conducts all preliminary tests on monkeys.
The University of California, where the research is being conducted, has received about $1.4 million from Neuralink to conduct “invasive and lethal experiments on the brains” of 23 experimental monkeys, PCRM officials said.
They also accuse Elon Musk’s company of screwing metal plates onto animal skulls, damaging their brains and not providing proper veterinary care.
In addition, animal rights activists pointed out that the University of California and Neuralink are violating US Animal Welfare Laws by not minimizing the pain and suffering of primates.
In April 2021, Elon Musk’s company released a video of a chipped monkey playing video games on its own. First, the experimental animal was given a joystick to control, and after the successful completion of the task, the researchers offered him a treat.
Then the joystick was removed, and the monkey was able to move the cursor on the screen using the power of the brain.
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