Five Animal Aid activists dressed up as “mad scientists” and a giant caged monkey and handed out their annual “Mad Science Awards” to staff at Cambridge University’s Department of Experimental Psychology.
The activists didn’t actually get to see any of the researchers they were targeting, but rather handed certificates to security guards.
Animal Aid activist, Andre Menache told Cambridge News,
It went very well. We achieved our aim and handed the certificates to the security people to give to 16 researchers who have performed really grotesque scientific research.
Two of them got the main awards for mutilating the brains of monkeys. They say this research is to improve treatment of people with strokes but not one of the treatments has had any bearing on people.
The research that Menache is referring to is aimed at better understanding human diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Protesters target monkey lab group. Cambridge News, November 18, 2004.