Shocking footage from an investigation at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) lab was released Monday, showing infant monkeys separated from their mothers and subjected to inhumane experiments.
The footage was part of an exposé conducted by PETA, which gained the footage of the lab in Poolesville, Maryland via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for 500 hours of footage. The lab in question tests drugs used to treat human children and adults suffering from mental illness. Disturbances and stressful conditions are simulated in the lab to induce psychological discomfort, anxiety, aggression and fear, after which the drugs are tested on the animals.
The lab holds approximately 200 monkeys, many of whom are kept in unnatural cages, and some of whom are fed alcohol to study its effects. The separation of young monkeys from their mothers is one of the main tenets of the investigation - in one alarming incident, a baby monkey tries to wake his sedated mother from sleep while growing visibly distressed at her lack of response.