A Victory for Paro and His Pals
If our recent blog about Happy the crane made you happy, you’re going to love this PETA India victory:
Pardon the obvious pun (I can’t help myself), but when it comes to bustin’ big, bad animal experimenters — PETA India doesn’t ‘monkey’ around. Seriously. Back in 2002, PETA and the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) busted Pune’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) for making animals suffer in nightmarish conditions.
During a visit to the facility, investigators discovered a monkey named Paro and many other animals crammed into dank, dark, filthy cages encrusted with urine and faeces. Goats and sheep were unable to walk due to overgrown hooves. Many of the monkeys were suffering from skin lacerations and severed digits, most likely caused by years of clawing futilely at their cages. Which isn’t surprising when you take into consideration that most of the monkeys had been imprisoned at NIV for more than a decade! Can you imagine spending more than 10 years locked in a tiny, barren cell — every day filled with abuse, deprivation, isolation and misery?
Here’s the good news: based on these findings, Paro and nearly 40 of his friends were rescued and taken to a rehabilitation facility in Pune. Here’s even better news: you have the power to help animals still incarcerated in laboratories by taking a stand against The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), a facility that is currently physically and psychologically tormenting hundreds of animals behind closed doors. C’mon, let’s make Paro proud!