The Year of the Monkey

Animal tests are not only inaccurate but also a giant, ridiculous waste of time, money, and lives.

Investigations have found that in order to abduct primates from their homes in the wild and force them to breed in labs, trappers often shoot mothers from trees, stun the animals with dart guns, and then capture the babies, who cling, panic-stricken, to their mothers’ bodies. 

Those facts alone are heartbreaking—but animal testing is also just bad science. Often, experimenters do what they call “curiosity-driven research,” which has no real life application. It’s not done to save human lives, but to help further their careers. Other experiments are done just because it’s “the way it’s always been done.” 

Virtually no experiment on animals is illegal—no matter how cruel or useless.

According to the Chinese calendar, it’s officially the Year of the Monkey. Please share this and help stand up against these painful, unnecessary, wasteful, and cruel experiments on monkeys.      

Happy Year of the Monkey ! 

Jean-Siméon Chardin, The Monkey painter, circa 1739 - 1740, Louvre Museum, Paris 


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Happy Lunar New Year from the Smithsonian American Art Museum!

We are happy to be celebrating the Year of the Monkey with all of you.

“Woman in Arbor with Monkey,” undated, by Claudio Castelucho

“Meditation,” 1885, by Herman Hartwich

“Monkey on a Stick,” 1936, by Anna Hyatt Huntington

“Baboon,” modeled 1932, by Paul Manship

“Baboon,” 1978, by Felipe Archuleta

“Sueño (Dream: Eve Before Adam),” 1992, by Alfredo Arreguin

“Monkey Dog,” 1967, by Miles Burkholder Carpenter

“Honeymoon,” undated, by Will Simmons

Cheeky Monkey!

We wanted to post something in honor of the newly arrived Year of the Monkey and coincidentally, a book on natural history crossed the desk today! Here’s a somewhat odd image of a Mandrill. We looked it up–a mandrill is indeed an “Old World monkey.”

Huxley, Thomas Henry, 1825-1895.   Evidence as to man’s place in nature / By Thomas Henry Huxley.  London and Edinburg : Williams and Norgate, 1863.