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The Silent Monkey Victims Of The War On Terror

They are the unsung heroes of the war on terror — or its hidden innocent victims, depending on your point of view.

They have been deliberately infected with deadly bacteria and viruses, including plague, anthrax, Ebola, and smallpox. Some have been dosed with nerve agents. Others have been lethally irradiated. Many died during these experiments, or had to be euthanized after becoming severely ill — some found collapsed in their cages, others suffering from seizures or hemorrhaging into their guts.

They are research primates — mostly rhesus macaques, long-tailed macaques, and African green monkeys — acting as our surrogates in experiments designed to develop and test new drugs and vaccines against biological, chemical, and radiological weapons.

CAAT’s Thomas Hartung and Joanne Zurlo are quoted.

Full Article at Buzzfeed.

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