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Amherst, Mass. – Actor Daisy Ridley is lifting a pen as an alternative of a lightsaber to defend marmosets on the College of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass), after studying that the college tormented and killed monkeys it named after Star Wars characters—together with Rey, her on-screen alter ego—purportedly to review menopause, which the animals don’t expertise.
In a letter despatched on behalf of PETA at the moment to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Ridley calls for an finish to the lethal research, writing, “I clearly have a deep reference to this franchise, and it breaks my coronary heart to listen to that the names of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and several other different beloved characters at the moment are related to such cruelty.”
Anakin is one marmoset who by no means knew freedom, even whereas his namesake character zoomed round a galaxy far, far-off. Experimenters confined Anakin to a tiny cage alone for months; saved him thirsty in assessments; bolted him to the mattress of a loud, terrifying MRI machine; and finally killed him. Video obtained by PETA reveals one other marmoset, Leia, screaming in misery at UMass—but nobody helps her. Ridley urges Subbaswamy to embrace progressive, animal-free analysis and to offer the marmosets a brand new hope by releasing them to a sanctuary.
At UMass, experimenters conduct a number of invasive surgical procedures on the tiny marmosets, topic them to irritating social isolation assessments, apply hand heaters to their our bodies in a crude try and induce sizzling flashes, and mimic sleep disruption by blasting them with loud noises each quarter-hour all through the night time.
Ridley joins an extended listing of Star Wars actors—together with Thandie Newton, Natalie Portman, Woody Harrelson, and Mark Hamill—who’ve helped promoted kindness to animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals should not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.