Kinship Circle: ACT/ Demand Haven For The Lehman 6

March 30th, 2008 7:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM
Subject: UPDATE/ Demand Haven For The Lehman 6

UPDATE: Victory! Reprieve for NYU Monkeys

This update is from PETA — NOT Kinship Circle:

Kinship Circle has no further information at this time.

“After asking some pointed questions of both institutions, PETA received confirmation last week that Lehman College had thought better of their decision to sell these animals to NYU where they may have had their brains butchered. They’re now working with NYU to get them transferred to a sanctuary instead.

Last month, a whistleblower contacted PETA about six monkeys who were about to be retired to a sanctuary from City University of New York’s Lehman College — but instead were sold to New York University for invasive neurological experiments…”

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 3:18 PM
Subject: ACT/ Demand Haven For The Lehman


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3/30/08: Demand Haven For The Lehman 6

Wanda (left) and Jada (right)…and the rest of the Lehman 6 — Holly, Sophie, Samantha, Lilly — were sold to New York University for brain experiments, despite the wishes of the original Lehman College researcher who sought their retirement at a sanctuary.

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Dr. Pierre Hohenberg
New York University, Office of the Provost
Bobst, 70 Washington Square South, 1213C
New York, New York 10012
ph: 212-998-2415; fax: 212-995-3190
email: provost [at]

Ms. Carrie Anne Gilbert
email: carrie.gilbert [at]

NYU Animal Welfare Committee
UAWC Administrator, Mail Code 7311
NYU Compliance Line: 1-877-360-7626
Chair of the UAWC: [at]

NYU Office of Veterinary Resources
New York University, Washington Square Campus
Office of Veterinary Resources (OVR)
ph: 212-998-7891
email: research.compliance.web [at]

NYU School Of Medicine / Division of Laboratory Animal Services
(IACUC) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee: dlar [at]
ph: 212-263-5308; fax 212-263-8235, 212-263-0727


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SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
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Dr. Hohenberg, Ms. Gilbert, NYU’s Animal Welfare Committee, Office of Veterinary Resources, and IACUC:

I am dismayed to learn New York University bought six monkeys slated to leave Lehman College labs for a sanctuary. Wanda, Holly, Jada, Sophie, Samantha, and Lilly underwent relatively benign learning and memory experiments in the NIH-subsidized laboratory of Lehman’s Dr. Karyl Swartz. At NYU, they face invasive neuroscience tests that call for implantation of electrodes into their brains.

Dr. Swartz had hoped the monkeys would go to a primary sanctuary upon conclusion of her study. She allegedly reserved $40,000 for their retirement. Please cease experiments upon these monkeys and coordinate their transfer to an accredited sanctuary.

These monkeys benefited from atypical care under Dr. Swartz and her colleagues. They enjoyed group housing (instead of isolation within cages), a diverse diet, and social stimulus. Now, NYU researchers may excise the tops of their skulls to embed electrodes in their heads.

Experimentation upon primates has not produced tangible data for AIDS, Alzheimer’s, stroke, cancer…or nervous system dysfunction. Still,
taxpayers annually subsidize redundant studies.

Moreover, science derived from distressed animals does not result in predictive conclusions for human application. Lab variables such as pain, injury, confinement, loneliness and repeated handling generate misleading data. Findings published in Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science show researchers are unable to separate the effects of stress hormones from the drug, disease or function under analysis.

As research evolves to animal-free techniques that focus on human data, it becomes imperative that animals don’t waste away in the system. I welcome any news about the release and humane relocation of these monkeys.

Thank you,




* Monkeys Scheduled for Retirement Sold to NYU for Brain Experiments


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