Neuralink Corporationcompany founded by Elon Muskwhich is dedicated to neurotechnology specializing in the development of brain-computer interfaces, has been lawsuit by an animal protection organization non-profit in the United States, who reject the use of animals in medical research.
The complaint occurred on Thursday, February 10, due to the “invasive and deadly experiments” with monkeysin the context of his controversial project to design brain implants to treat neurological or spinal cord injuries.
The complaint was filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) with the United States Department of Agriculture. As we have told you in AmericanPost.NewsNeuralink is experimenting with monkeys, with the aim of developing brain chips for humans.
Neuralink’s monkey experiments were allegedly cruel
The animal rights organization specifically accuses the University of California at Davis (UCD) (funded by Neuralink) because between 2017 and 2020, most of the 23 primates who participated in the experiment “Part of their skull was removed to implant electrodes in their brains”.
This procedure was part of the development of the brain-machine interface of the company founded by Elon Musk in 2016, the organization said in a statement. According to the plaintiffs, Neuralik and the university staff violated the Federal Animal Welfare Act by not ensuring the physical and psychological health of the specimens.
“They did not provide the dying monkeys with proper veterinary care, used an unapproved substance known as ‘Bioglue’ that killed them by destroying parts of their brains and did not provide psychological treatment,” they said.
The PCRM emphasizes that the monkeys “they had their brains mutilated in shoddy experiments and were left to suffer and die”. They were reportedly caged alone and suffered from “facial trauma” and seizures from the wireless microchips, as well as recurring infections at the site where they were implanted.
In general, they were subjected to “extreme suffering” and at least 15 of them were sacrificed due to their deterioration, says The New York Post, which had access to the lawsuit.
They demand that Elon Musk’s company reveal the images of his experiments
animal advocates they want the UCD to publish the photos and videos of the work they didsince they have refused to do so, claiming that the records belong to Neuralink, which as a private entity is not subject to a California law that requires it to disclose this material.
A spokesperson for the educational institution stated that its work with Neuralink ended in 2020 and that the project had been “thoroughly approved”, “strictly regulated” and obeyed all laws. “We strive to provide the best possible care for the animals in our care,” he added.
The lawsuit comes weeks after the neurotech company said it would soon conduct human clinical trials. It was Elon Musk himself who reported that this 2022 the first chips will be installed in human beings, but so far he has not commented on the accusations of animal abuse against him.
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