Funded by millions in taxpayer dollars, National Institutes of Health (NIH) experimenter Elisabeth Murray sucks out or burns parts of monkeys’ brains, confines the animals to a metal box, and then terrorizes them with rubber snakes and spiders. PETA is waging a campaign to end these experiments—and you can help.
Giant ‘Spider’ With a Message Descends on HHS: Arachno to Monkey Terror Tests!
May 25, 2021
Flanked by chanting protesters, PETA’s eight-legged behemoth appeared on the concrete plaza outside the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NIH, experimenter Elisabeth Murray uses fake spiders of her own to terrify trapped macaques whose brains she has damaged with toxins. The amount of suffering endured by the hundreds of monkeys she’s killed (costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, without producing a single treatment for humans) eclipses even PETA’s massive arachnid.
PETA’s Birthday Gift to NIH Director Is a Compelling Reason to End Monkey Tests
April 13, 2021
NIH Director Francis Collins, a devoted Christian, cites C.S. Lewis as a major influence—so PETA sent him a compilation of the prominent Christian thinker’s essays, Compelling Reason, for his birthday on April 14. Contained in the book, Lewis’ 1947 essay “Vivisection,” a searing condemnation of experiments on animals, offers yet another compelling reason why Collins should end NIH’s monkey fright tests.
Elisabeth Murray’s Latest Experiment Shapes Up to Be Nonsense, PETA Reveals
March 24, 2021
Serial animal tormentor Elisabeth Murray has taken on a (not-so-)burning question with $17 million of your tax money: Do monkeys think that cartoon shapes have feelings? PETA’s blog post about her latest experiment—which involved restraining macaques and depriving them of water to make them cooperate—demonstrates that it’s time for her and the National Institutes of Health to shape up and stop wasting money and lives on nonsensical experiments on monkeys.
PETA Blog: Murray’s Medieval Monkey Tests Should Be Tossed in the Trash Bin of History
March 4, 2021
With just a tap or a click, you can chat in real time with someone on the other side of the planet, check in on astronauts on the International Space Station via a live video feed from space, or order a to-go coffee from your favorite java hut. But at the National Institutes of Health—supposedly the world’s premier medical research agency—monkey tormentor Elisabeth Murray is still strapping macaques into restraint chairs that were developed in the 1950s. PETA has a message for animal experimenters like her: It’s time to ditch the primitive tests and join the 21st century.
PETA Ad Starkly Contrasts the Rich Lives of Macaques in Their Natural Habitat With the Lives of Those Suffering at NIH
February 24, 2021
In nature, rhesus macaques spend their days exploring woodlands, devouring delicious fruits and seeds, grooming one another, swimming, and leaping from branch to branch. Meanwhile, in laboratories like Elisabeth Murray’s at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), monkeys just like them are subject to experimenters’ whims for their entire lives—trapped in small metal cages and unable to explore, socialize, forage for treats, or do anything else that matters to them. In Washington, D.C., viewers tuning in to the news saw the lives of the free animals vividly juxtaposed with those of captive macaques during the airing of PETA’s ad on CBS and NBC.
PETA’s Pandemic Present to NIH, NIMH Directors Is a Mask With a Message
February 16, 2021
There’s no masking the truth about Elisabeth Murray’s experiments on brain-damaged macaques: They’re inexcusably cruel and scientifically nonsensical. PETA sent National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and National Institute of Mental Health Director Joshua Gordon face coverings featuring a simple message—end animal experiments!—to encourage them to mask up and own up to the unjustifiability of tormenting monkeys in these tests.
PETA Blog Exposes the Crooked Branches and Twisted Roots of Elisabeth Murray’s ‘Family Tree’
February 4, 2021
In the four decades that Elisabeth Murray has been tormenting and killing monkeys, she’s taught her bloody craft to at least 21 people—and the poisoned apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Murray’s “children” have gone on to inject viruses and chemicals into monkeys’ brains, starve and drug mice, and addict rats to cocaine and alcohol. She herself is the speciesist academic spawn of notorious experimenter Mortimer Mishkin, whose monstrously cruel experiments involved inflicting brain damage in monkeys and lobotomizing them.
Infographic Highlights Waste of Animal Lives, Taxpayer Money at ‘National Institutes of Horrors’
January 5, 2021
If you had been one of the more than 568,000 animals imprisoned or used at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Maryland campuses in 2019, you may have found yourself baked to death because of a malfunctioning heating system, denied post-surgical pain relief, killed because you were accidentally fed the wrong diet, or stuck in a room with the lights on continuously for five months. NIH funnels more than $17.6 billion into experiments on animals every year, among them the worthless and cruel tests conducted on macaques by Elisabeth Murray.
PETA Video Exposes NIMH’s Sickening Legacy of Monkey Terror Experiments
December 5, 2020
Experimenters at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)—or should it be called the “National Institute of Monkey Hell”?—conducted tests on baby monkeys that included tearing them away from their mothers and locking them in cages barely bigger than their bodies. As PETA’s video shows that experimenters also heavily sedated the mothers and watched as the confused and terrified babies frantically tried to wake them up. PETA was able to put an end to these experiments on baby monkeys in 2015, but NIMH—a part of the National Institutes of Health—is still terrifying monkeys in the laboratory of experimenter Elisabeth Murray.
PETA’s Massive Banner on the Beltway Urges NIH to Give the Red Light to Monkey Experiments
November 24, 2020
On a bridge over the Capital Beltway, less than a mile from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), activists grabbed the attention of morning commuters—and, surely, NIH—with a massive banner urging the agency to end Elisabeth Murray’s barbaric fright experiments on monkeys. Many passing rush-hour motorists honked their support for PETA’s unmissable message.
PETA Exposes: Elisabeth Murray, NIH Heads Rake in Big Bucks to Torment Animals
November 3, 2020
Wish you made $337,000 a year? You would if you were Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, tasked with overseeing Elisabeth Murray’s terror tests on monkeys and other painful, useless animal experiments. Francis Collins, who oversees even more pointless experiments on thousands of animals every year as director of the National Institutes of Health, and Murray herself also make sums tidy enough to put them in the top 10% of wage earners in the U.S.—and their salaries are coming out of taxpayer pockets like yours. Get the details.
‘Chalktivists’ to National Institute of Mental Health Director: ‘End the Monkey Torture’
October 31, 2020
Chalk it up to their dedication to monkeys: Activists left a pointed message for Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), on the sidewalks and streets near his home, urging him to end Elisabeth Murray’s ghoulish fright tests on monkeys. NIMH is the part of NIH in which Murray conducts these tests.
Student Activist to NIH: Modernize Your Neuroscience, End Tests on Animals
October 31, 2020
Writing for an NIH-sponsored essay contest about ethics and neuroscience innovation, Students Against Speciesism (SOS) activist Presley Hill condemned experiments on nonconsenting animals, such as those on brain-damaged monkeys in NIH experimenter Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory. “Neuroscience is the future, and the future is now—experimenting on animals for medicine is an irrelevant practice given the access we have to technology and past research,” she wrote. “Science cannot progress if we continue to rely on outdated, unethical methods.”
Tech-Savvy Teen Develops Video Game for PETA, Urges Murray to Declare ‘Game Over’ on Her Experiments
October 14, 2020
Players of California high school student Archit Kumar’s gripping new video game control an animated monkey who dashes over tables and hops barrels of toxins in a desperate bid for freedom from Murray’s laboratory. The game draws attention to the plight of the unwilling players in her real-life experiments: the countless monkeys she has tormented in her decades of cruel tests. Check out Kumar’s game here.
© Archit Kumar
Blog Post Breaks Down NIH Waste, Cruelty by the Numbers
October 12, 2020
Monkeys like Wilfork, Gronk, and Jaws who suffer in Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory aren’t the only ones tormented at NIH: Annually, the agency imprisons or experiments on over 4,000 monkeys and hundreds of thousands of other animals at its Maryland campus. NIH wastes billions in taxpayer dollars funding failed animal experiments like Murray’s every year. Get the numerical breakdown.
Primatologists, Psychiatrists, Other Experts Slam ‘Immeasurably Cruel’ Monkey Experiments in Video
October 1, 2020
Describing them as “immeasurably cruel,” “outdated and barbaric,” and “the stuff of horror movies,” the experts whose statements are featured in this video roundly condemn the fright experiments on monkeys at the National Institutes of Health on both scientific and ethical grounds. Read the experts’ full statements here.
Former Primate Experimenter Criticizes ‘Limited Benefits,’ ‘Considerable Harms’ of Fright Tests in Washington Examiner Ad
September 29, 2020
PETA’s ad in the Washington Examiner features the words of John Gluck, Ph.D., a professor and former primate experimenter, who says of Murray’s horrendous and wasteful monkey fright tests, “It is concerning that … these experiments continue at the nation’s most prestigious research facility.”
PETA Denounces Scary NIH Monkey Experiments, Government Waste With Bikeshare Ads on Capitol Hill
September 28, 2020
In the era of social distancing, PETA’s ads on Capital Bikeshare stands get up close and personal right where it counts: in the seat of U.S. government on Capitol Hill, where decisions about NIH funding are made. The agency’s scarily cruel fright experiments on monkeys—which the ads point out have sucked up $36 million in government funds—have been going on for three decades, despite being irrelevant to human illness.
In Video, Student Activists Bring to Life Beamish’s Heart-Wrenching Story of Suffering
September 24, 2020
Activists with PETA’s youth-led Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) program gave voice to tormented monkey Beamish, whose skull was cut open and whose brain was mutilated before he was trapped in a small metal box and terrified with lifelike rubber spiders and snakes. Macaques like him have been enduring this fate in Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory for over three decades.
Video Spotlights Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out for Monkeys in Murray’s Laboratory
September 9, 2020
Lights … camera … action! In this compilation video, PETA puts the spotlight on the famous figures who have lent their voices to the campaign against monkey fright experiments at NIH—from Real Time host Bill Maher to award-winning actors James Cromwell and Anjelica Huston.
These celebs are urging the U.S. government to stop tormenting monkeys in fright experiments 👏 Join them in taking action by sharing the urgent message that Anjelica Huston, Bill Maher, and James Cromwell have for National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020
PETA Scientist Pens Pointed Scientific Critique of NIH’s Monkey Terror Tests
September 1, 2020
In her in-depth scientific critique of Elisabeth Murray’s monkey fright experiments at NIH, PETA scientist Dr. Katherine Roe explains the suffering that these tests cause, their inapplicability to humans, and the various animal-free alternatives that actually benefit humans with mental illness. Read her full critique here.
Mobile Billboard Takes Heartbreaking Footage of Murray’s Experiments to the Streets
August 31, 2020
Broadcasting footage of the terrified monkeys used in Elisabeth Murray’s gruesome experiments, PETA’s mobile billboard circled NIH and the neighborhoods of Murray and NIH Director Francis Collins, spreading awareness of the cruel tests.
Actor James Cromwell Takes On ‘American Horror Story’ at NIH in Message to Agency’s Employees
August 26, 2020
Over 10,000 NIH employees received a voicemail from Emmy Award–winning star of FX’s American Horror Story James Cromwell, in which he urges them to ask Director Francis Collins to end the agency’s terror tests on monkeys. “[Elisabeth] Murray’s so-called ‘research’ has gone unchecked for 30 years,” Cromwell says in the message. “How many monkeys have died for her hideous pseudo-science? How many human lives could be saved if we stopped funding this madness?”
PETA’s Christian Outreach Division Appeals to NIH Director Francis Collins’ Christian Values in Bethesda Magazine Ad
August 21, 2020
In its ad in Bethesda Magazine—which features the letter that PETA’s Christian outreach division, LAMBS, previously sent NIH Director Francis Collins—LAMBS urges Collins to follow Jesus’ example of compassion and mercy by ending NIH’s painful monkey fright tests.
In Video, ‘Students Opposing Speciesism’ Condemns Terror Tests on Monkeys Like Guinness
August 11, 2020
A video from the PETA-backed youth movement Students Opposing Speciesism calls attention to the suffering of monkeys like Guinness, who was cut open, inflicted with brain damage, and terrorized in Elisabeth Murray’s NIH laboratory. “Experiments like these wouldn’t be acceptable if performed on a human, and it’s speciesist to think they are acceptable when performed on any other animal,” the video points out.
PETA Urges NIH Employees to ‘Demand Better’ in Facebook Ad
July 23, 2020
PETA’s ad just for National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees features the heartbreaking image of Wilfork—one of the many monkeys Elisabeth Murray has tormented in her laboratory over the past three decades—and urges the employees to e-mail us to find out how they can help animals like him.
PETA Tells Murphy’s Story of Being Treated as a Test Tube in Elisabeth Murray’s Laboratory
July 20, 2020
PETA’s heartrending illustrated video tells the story of Murphy, a monkey in NIH experimenter Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory who was torn away from his mother as a baby, subjected to invasive surgery in which his skull was cut open and part of his brain was suctioned out, and terrified with realistic spiders and snakes.
Every day of Murphy’s life has been a living nightmare — all because of ONE person.
Posted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on Friday, July 17, 2020
Elisabeth Murray’s Nightmare for Monkeys Exposed in Areawide Ad Blitz
July 14, 2020
PETA’s attention-grabbing mobile billboard drove through the Bethesda, Maryland, neighborhoods of experimenter Elisabeth Murray and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins and past NIH to warn people about Murray’s ghoulish monkey fright experiments. Ads pointing out the $36 million in taxpayer funds that she has wasted on these tests also went up on Capital Bikeshare stands around Washington, D.C., and D.C. viewers of NBC, CBS, and ABC caught an airing of our TV ad about the cruel experiments.
Starved, Isolated, Brain-Damaged, and More—Blog Exposes the Scariest Things Monkeys Endure in Murray’s Laboratory
July 13, 2020
Being experimented on in Elisabeth Murray’s lab would be terrifying—a section of your skull would be carved out, toxins would be injected into your brain, you’d be trapped in an inescapable metal box, and more. Read 10 reasons why these experiments are terrifying for the macaques locked in her laboratory.
‘WANTED’ Posters Demanding an End to Monkey Experiments Hit Bus Shelters Near National Institutes of Health
July 12, 2020
Bus riders in the Washington, D.C., area will want Elisabeth Murray’s experiments to end after seeing the frightened face of one of the many monkeys she has tormented in her experiments on “WANTED” posters that popped up at bus shelters near the National Institutes of Health.
Activists Adoorn Homes in Murray’s Neighborhood With a Message: Your Neighbor Torments Monkeys
July 2, 2020
Activists spread the word to Elisabeth Murray’s neighbors about the “monkey fright night” in her laboratory with door hangers that detail the pain and terror that monkeys have endured in her experiments for over three decades.
Documents Reveal More Misery for Monkeys in Elisabeth Murray’s Pain Factory
June 25, 2020
PETA has obtained documents from NIH revealing that in addition to being terrorized with fake spiders, monkeys in Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory are subjected to multiple craniotomies (brain surgeries), repeated sedation and restraint, starvation to force them to cooperate, and more. PETA filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging what we believe are serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Activists Blanket National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Neighborhood With Fliers Calling Out Murray’s Experiments
June 23, 2020
The neighbors of Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, have a supporter of monkey torture in their midst—and it’s secret no longer, thanks to fliers posted around his neighborhood calling out the monkey fright experiments that he allows at his institution.
PETA Urges American Psychological Association President: Study Elisabeth Murray’s Brain!
June 23, 2020
PETA wrote a letter to American Psychological Association President Sandra Shullman urging her to include a study of Elisabeth Murray’s brain in an upcoming issue of its journal Behavioral Neuroscience, which Murray will be co-editing. PETA proposes that the non-invasive study—which, unlike Murray’s terror tests on monkeys, would actually be human-relevant—compare Murray’s brain activity while she looks at a heartbreaking photo of one of the monkeys she torments to that of a sample of the empathetic 52% of Americans who oppose animal experimentation.
PETA Urges James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli to Help Monkeys Named After Characters in the Film Franchise
June 18, 2020
In our letter to Barbara Broccoli, PETA calls on the James Bond producer to condemn the National Institutes of Health’s fright experiments on monkeys, in which animals named after Goldfinger, Oddjob, Jaws, Le Chiffre, and other Bond villains are mutilated, tormented, and killed.
Poster-Hanging Activists Tell Elisabeth Murray: An End to Your Experiments is ‘WANTED’
June 12, 2020
Elisabeth Murray’s experiments on monkeys are so cruel, they should be criminal—yet instead of stopping them, the government funds them. Activists called Murray out for her cruelty with “WANTED” posters that they hung on lampposts, telephone poles, and other places in the Washington, D.C., area.
Activists Chalk Elisabeth Murray’s Neighborhood for Monkeys
June 4, 2020
Armed with washable blue spray chalk and stencils, activists left Elisabeth Murray an unmistakable message on roads and sidewalks in her neighborhood: “End Monkey Fright Tests!”
PETA’s Christian Outreach Division Urges NIH Director to Be Merciful and End Monkey Fright Experiments
June 4, 2020
After National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, who identifies as Christian, was awarded the 2020 Templeton Prize for his work integrating science and faith, PETA’s Christian outreach division, LAMBS, sent him a letter urging him to emulate Christ’s compassion by ending Elisabeth Murray’s cruel monkey fright experiments at NIH.
Bill Maher Joins PETA’s Call for NIH to Stop Torturing Monkeys NOW
May 28, 2020
Instead of preparing for a real health crisis (e.g., COVID-19), NIH is spending millions in taxpayer dollars frightening monkeys with rubber snakes. Political commentator, comedian, and Real Time host Bill Maher breaks down the hypocrisy in his latest “New Rules” video for PETA and explains how you can take action to help.
Elisabeth Murray’s Protocols Expose Additional Mistreatment of Monkeys in NIH Laboratory
May 26, 2020
PETA received 67 pages of documents in response to our Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health for copies of Elisabeth Murray’s experimental protocols. These show her written intentions to mutilate, experiment on, and kill monkeys in her laboratory. Read the 10 things you should know about these experiments.
PETA Calls Out NIH With Online Ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post
May 14, 2020
Ads alerting taxpayers to the millions of dollars that NIH wastes tormenting monkeys with rubber spiders went live on the websites of two of the most widely circulated newspapers in the U.S., The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Scientist Condemns Monkey Fright Experiments in Mental Health Awareness Month Op-Ed
May 13, 2020
In her op-ed for Mental Health Awareness Month, PETA scientist Emily Trunnell calls out the National Institute of Mental Health for wasting funds on cruel and ineffective tests, such as Murray’s fright experiments on monkeys and the forced swim test on mice, while millions of Americans suffer from mental health conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tax dollars should be spent on modern, human-relevant research methods that offer real hope,” she writes, “not on senselessly terrorizing animals.”
A PETA scientist lays out how experiments on animals are not only cruel, they're also wasting money and time.
— PETA (@peta) May 13, 2020
Anjelica Huston Calls on NIH to Stop Terrifying Monkeys
May 5, 2020
When PETA showed Hollywood A-lister Anjelica Huston footage from NIH’s horrific and wasteful “monkey fright” experiments, she knew that she had to take action. The PETA honorary director wrote a letter to NIH Director Francis Collins, asking him to stop funding these cruel experiments and pointing out that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to ensure that our country is making smart scientific and fiscal decisions.
PETA Scientist Slams Wasteful Monkey Fright Experiments in Op-Ed
April 29, 2020
Pointing out that our tax dollars could be better spent combating the shortage of basic medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, PETA scientist Katherine Roe writes that Elisabeth Murray’s monkey fright experiments are not only irrelevant to humans but also shockingly cruel.
PETA Urges Congress to Cut Crappy ‘Monkey Fright’ Experiments With Toilet Paper Delivery
April 22, 2020
With toilet paper in high demand during the COVID-19 lockdown, PETA sent members of Congress each a specialty roll with the message “$36 Million Down the Toilet for NIH Monkey Fright Experiments. Wipe It Out!”
PETA Rolls Into Murray’s Neighborhood With a Drive-By Protest
April 22, 2020
Driving cars emblazoned with the message “End Monkey Fright Tests!” a caravan of PETA protesters honked their horns outside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headquarters, the home of NIH Director Francis Collins, and the home of government monkey experimenter Elisabeth Murray. Neighbors who were homebound as a result of COVID-19 came out to observe the ruckus.
PETA Shares an Open Letter to NIH Officials From Monkeys Suffering in Murray’s Experiments
April 16, 2020
The directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health complained of the stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 lockdown. Twenty-three monkeys trapped in Elisabeth Murray’s laboratory—who experience the stress and frustration of confinement and isolation every day—wrote them a letter.
With People in ‘Lockdown,’ PETA Launches Ad Blitz on Social Media
April 2, 2020
As more people stayed home to avoid spreading the highly contagious coronavirus and spent more time online, PETA launched an ad blitz on social media focused on Elisabeth Murray’s cruel and wasteful experiments. Even as the world awaits cures for deadly diseases, NIH squanders research money by sucking out parts of monkeys’ brains and then scaring them with fake “snakes” and “spiders.”
Government Experimenter Fears Images From Cruel Lab Will Get Into ‘Wrong Hands’
March 17, 2020
In an interview uncovered by PETA, experimenter Elisabeth Murray let it slip that she doesn’t want taxpayers who care about animals—and paid for her experiments—to see what happens to vulnerable monkeys in her laboratory, saying, “You know, to be honest with you, we don’t usually take photos of that sort of thing because we are all afraid they’ll fall into the wrong hands.”
PETA Supporters Protest NIH Monkey Experiments
March 5, 2020
Brandishing blown-up images of monkeys used and abused in Elisabeth Murray’s experiments, PETA protesters descended on the Department of Health & Human Services building to demand an end to the tests.
PETA Neuroscientist Calls on NIH and HHS to Pull the Plug on Monkey Fright Experiments
February 24, 2020
In a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, PETA scientist Katherine Roe made the scientific and ethical argument for pulling the plug on Elisabeth Murray’s “monkey fright” experiments. PETA’s factsheet on the experiments provides a description of what Murray does to monkeys in her laboratory and why the experiments are catastrophically flawed.
PETA Releases Never-Before-Seen Video of Government ‘Monkey Fright’ Experiments
February 24, 2020
After receiving 43 hours of never-before-seen video of cruel “monkey fright” experiments carried out at the National Institutes of Health by government experimenter Elisabeth Murray, PETA publicized footage from the twisted tests on its website.