(ORDO NEWS) — Animal rights activists accuse Neuralink – and specifically Elon Musk – of funding the torture and mutilation of monkeys.
The organization claims that 15 of the 23 monkeys died during the experiments.
According to Futurism , the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which opposes the use of animals in medical research, has filed a complaint with the USDA against Neuralink and the University of California, Davis for alleged violations of the federal Protective Act. animals.
The organization claims they have evidence that the monkeys at Neuralink are experiencing “great suffering as a result of inadequate animal care and highly invasive experimental head implants during experiments.”
Animal rights activists accuse Neuralink of nine violations of the Animal Welfare Act. They allege that the researchers screwed pieces of metal into the animals’ skulls, destroyed parts of their brains with banned substances, and did not provide them with veterinary care.
Of the 23 monkeys the scientists experimented on, by 2020 – when Neuralink ended its relationship with the University of California – only seven survived.
“The documents show that the brains of the monkeys were mutilated in low-quality experiments and left to suffer and die. It’s no secret why Elon Musk and the university want to hide photos and videos of this horrific violence from the public , ”the organization writes.
Neuralink is working on brain implants that could read brain signals and communicate with a computer. Last year, the company showed a video of a monkey playing pong on a computer with the help of a neuroimplant. The researchers say they are going to start human testing of the chips in the foreseeable future.
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