UF and Michael J. Fox's Foundation Are Torturing Monkeys, Activist Says

A Florida animal rights activist who's fresh off a stint in prison has a new target in her sights — the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which funds projects at the University of Florida.

"The simple fact is they're torturing monkeys to death for money."

Camille Marino, from Wildwood, in Central Florida, is a longtime, hard-core activist. She's the founder of Negotiation Is Over, a group that has blasted animal researchers online, hiking the rhetoric up to the point of threatening to "use industrial pliers to crack" a researcher's testicles. Such threats landed Marino in prison for six months.

Marino's new group, Eleventh Hour for Animals, last week filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against UF for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, based on information Marino received from a public records request.

Eleventh Hour's blog explains that UF researchers were trying to determine whether "a drug called doxycycline will penetrate the blood/brain barrier in primates."

The blog goes on: "Against this back drop of admitted junk science, for which they cannot get funding elsewhere, and which has absolutely no therapeutic application for humans whatsoever, the Michael J. Fox Foundation wrote UF a blank check to go find and torture six innocent macaques. According to the plan, they would be turned into drug addicts by repeatedly being given ever-increasing doses of ketamine and other tranquilizing agents, they would be poisoned with doxycycline, they would have a sterotactic ring affixed to their little skulls, a virus cocktail would be injected into their brains, they would live with brain damage, injuries, and in torment, and, eventually, all six would be murdered before their eighth birthdays."

"Michael J. Fox walks in with a blank check," Marino says. "The simple fact is they're torturing monkeys to death for money. If people saw what they do, they would be unable to do business."

Not so, says the school. "This is the second complaint [Marino's group has] filed in the last two months," says UF's Janine Sikes. When federal inspectors came to the campus to investigate the complaint, they found no violations, Sikes says.

"The issue is we have untrained individuals misinterpreting veterinary reports," she adds. "UF is subject to very stringent federal laws and inspections."

As for Marino, Sikes says: "We believe she fully has the right to hold UF accountable for what happens in our research labs. She totally takes it beyond that. This is one more example of harassment."

The activist says she plans to file more complaints as early as later this month. She is also leading protests in Gainesville. "This is going to be going on indefinitely until the monkey program is shut down."

 
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JerriM
JerriM

Kyle, this is a very well written article. However, there are a few inaccuracies. First, Camille was never in a federal prison. She was held at the Wayne County Jail and the Dickerson Detention Facility. Interestingly, even though Camille’s probation ended on 12/13/13, she continued to lie to her “colleagues” about her status until February, 2014.

Second, although the “industrial pliers” article was published on NIO, it was not written by Camille. It was written by her former friend (with benefits) Steve Best.

However, she has made statements that are every bit as vile including:

“If abusers are dead, they cease being abusers. I fully support justifiable homicide in the war for animal liberation.”

“Harassment, intimidation, blackmail, and any number of other things might simply be necessary tools to employ from time to time.”


And perhaps the most disturbing:

“I started to look at all these insipid unfocused ‘activists’ that are joining nio fb in droves

and they have no focus

they want to touch danger, that’s what they think nio is

they want to flirt with notoriety from the sanctity of their living rooms

I want to corral them

I want to focus them and turn them into vivisector killers

I want to f*** s*** up

I want to murder

I want these pathetic sycophants to give in to their most primal and unspoken impulses

I want revenge 

Help me do it”


Judge Vonda Evans was absolutely correct when she stated that Camille is worse than the “vivisectors” she opposes. No wonder there are three restraining orders against her!!!

birdregs
birdregs

Paul has a great point...okay, animal rights radicals, step up to the plate and offer YOUR bodies for research and do something worthwhile for society and for the animals. Let's see you do something positive for a change.

birdregs
birdregs

Why is anyone giving this Marino person any media time at all. The woman is deluded and obviously a radical animal rights ideologue. She is NOT present at the university research lab and if she was, she wouldn't even KNOW if what was occurring was abuse or standard practice and not abuse. To give any credence to her comments is simply ludicrous. 


While the animal rights radicals call for compassion for animals, you will note they have NO compassion for humans! Something is seriously amiss in their mental processes or their basic relationship to reality. 

jyotijanet
jyotijanet

Paul..Your unintelligent answer,  lack of compassion or empathy for these poor suffering animals is proof of your somewhat sociopathic personality, in which we in this world, that are compassionate, and possess a conscience, have to deal with on a daily basis.. I usually tend to just ignore your type, however in this case, I shall merely amuse myself with your utter stupidity, and try to respond in a way that you may understand, although I doubt that, as your lack of understanding, and grammar show me, you lack even the most basic of fundamental emotions that allow a human being to understand, and care for  any animal, child or human that may be suffering at the hands of sociopaths like yourself, that is to say, "without conscience"

There is very little proof, if any, that this research, helps to fight any human disease and for the most part, these poor animals suffer for nothing!!!. It is, and always has been about EGO, position, and money...To me, it looks as though you are the dangerous one here, that would rather see murderers, rapists, child molesters, enjoy their lives in prison at the hands of the tax payer, than allow them to participate in research that for once, we may see results, due to the fact that they are, "human" and not "animals" it has been documented that, many of the prisoners are willing to undergo and participate in this type of research, as a way of remorse, and to pay back to society, that in which they previously abused.. Let me reiterate here..I said, felons,  Proof without a doubt, that they have committed heinous crimes upon humanity..Thank you Paul for your most enlightening comments...


Ewan841
Ewan841

More utter nonsense from Camille Marino. I really doubt that the MJFF has ever written any of the researchers it fund anything resembling a "blank check". 

Doxycycline is being actively investigated for its potential to regulate gene therapy in Parkinson's disease, and from what I can gather from Marino's garbled account above that appears to be what this study is about. In other words this appears to research project that is part of ongoing efforts to develop and improve gene therapy techniques for Parkinson's disease, which certainly has therapeutic applications in human patients, and is exactly the sort of research that a leading Parkinson's disease charity like MJFF should be funding.

jyotijanet
jyotijanet

..It is time to put an end to this shocking torture of innocent Monkeys..Vivisection is out dated and a primitive method of Scientific Research..If you want to test on something, why not empty out the Prisons of child torturers, rapists and other criminals..Let the innocent live their lives in peace, in their own environment, like trees, not  cages, where they are subjected to shocking torture on a daily basis..It would be ridiculous to think that any logical thinking human being cannot see the truth here, and the proof, that this is so wrong in so many different ways..

I am appalled that Michael J Fox would support such a thing as this..

Torturing innocent monkeys, or any animal, will not help humanity solve the problems of their dis-ease, but only create more suffering..

Camille.Marino
Camille.Marino

UF lost a monkey! I guess we're having a difficult time wrapping our heads around the "scientific" ineptitude. lol

Paul
Paul

Perhaps Camille Marino, members of Negotiation Is Over, and Eleventh Hour for Animals would like to present 6 volunteer humans from their group to take the place of the monkeys.

Camille.Marino
Camille.Marino

@JerriM wow, jerri, thank you! it's so nice when my fans pay attention! ;) 


if you'll be at ar2014, i'd like to give you an autographed copy of my new book, "danger to society." is it a date?

JerriM
JerriM

@jyotijanet  Wow, you are the queen of a run-on sentences! Perhaps people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. In any event, you do know that Camille is a convicted felon, right? Are you suggesting that she should volunteer herself for medical research?

Paul
Paul

@jyotijanet  They would gladly accept you as a test subject instead,  go volunteer and show us how dedicated you are to solving the worlds problems and saving a couple animals to improve life for the rest of us! We will gladly plant a tree in your honor, on top of your grave site. Your thought process is a dangerous as a suicide bomber!

JerriM
JerriM

@Camille.Marino  What do you mean UF lost a monkey? Is it roaming around Gainesville, perhaps with the 432 reeces (sic) monkeys you claimed were released from UF? Or, do you mean that the monkey escaped from its enclosure and was later returned to its cage?

Camille.Marino
Camille.Marino

@JerriM No, unfortunately, the monkeys regularly try to escape their lives of unadulterated torment and misery and are always returned to their tiny cells by their tormentors.

In this case, the "researchers" inside the University of Florida's monkey labs actually LOST Monkey 5C131. They didn't even know he was missing. They accidentally found him locked in a tunnel one morning. We have no idea for how long he was lost but, according to UF's vet records, he may have been in there for up to 7 days.

The Federal Complaint that was filed on February 13, 2013 relates to this monkey being LOST as well as months-long lapses -- as many as 5 months -- for which no care or monitoring whatsoever is recorded for the monkeys involved in the Fox Foundation-funded study.

I am certain that you are as outraged at this gross negligence and incompetence as I. And I would like to invite you to our next event in Gainesville to rally against UF to free the monkeys: http://universityofflorida.us/join-us-to-invite-the-community-faculty-alumni-to-next-uf-protest/

And thank you for asking,


Camille


p.s. didn't you get the memo from Janine Sikes advising everyone not to engage me in any discussions but to call the police instead. :D

 
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