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Mothers Day Canceled: UW Scientists Revive Harry Harlow’s Cruel Maternal Deprivation

May 10, 2012

MOTHERS DAY CANCELED: UW SCIENTISTS REVIVE HARRY HARLOW’S CRUEL MATERNAL DEPRIVATION

Maternal deprivation — crushing a monkey’s spirit by raising him or her without a nurturing caregiver — was invented and promoted by UW-Madison’s Harry Harlow and his students in the 1970s and 80s. Harlow’s experiments with maternal deprivation are widely acknowledged as being profoundly cruel.

Compassionate people everywhere are urged to speak out against this revival of Harry Harlow’s cruel methods by calling and writing Dr. Robert Streiffer, Chair of the university oversight committee responsible for approving these experiments, and urging him to do everything he can to bring this outrageous ethical backsliding return to cruelty to the attention of the entire campus and to do everything he can to stop them.

For Dr. Streiffer’s contact information and much more detail see:
Harry Harlow’s Cruel Maternal Deprivation Returns to UW-Madison

Maternal Deprivation.

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  1. narhvalur
    May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm | #1
  2. Gulielma Butcher
    May 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | #2

    This is cruel beyond belief

  3. Marion Somerville
    May 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm | #3

    These horrible experiments were invented not in the 70s, but certainly by the mid-fifties when I was studying at the London School of Economics and saw these disgusting pictures of very distressed baby monkeys being given various pseudo-mothers. Surprise, surprise, they preferred the furry stuffed ones to the bare metal frames. were not the scientists clever to have discovered that – and what right have they to repeat the experiment with the mothers when they know perfectly well what the effects will be. How barbaric is the pseudo-thirst for pseudo-knowledge to be allowed to develop>?

    • May 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm | #4

      You’re right about the timeline. Harlow first reported on the results of his wire and cloth surrogate mother experiments in The Nature of Love, published in 1959, The experiments continued, but were particularly in vogue in the 60s and 70s. For a biography of his and his students’ published papers see: http://madisonmonkeys.com/history_30-81.htm

  4. Marion Somerville
    May 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm | #5

    I saw these disgusting experiments on film when studying at the London School of Economics in the mid-fifties. They are barbaric and unnecessary – you know the answers already, so you are not being clever.Please stop wasting time, money and the lives of animals who cannot defend themselves.

  5. Susan Bower
    May 15, 2012 at 12:05 am | #6

    Would you care if this happened to your children

  6. May 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | #7

    I never understand why people re-do experiments. And these shouldn’t have been done in the first place! they are inhuman.

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