Guest Blog: Unnecessary Fuss

Below is a guest blog by Luis Leonel an animal rights activist – warning the videos included are extremely disturbing.

I’ve always said that if an alien civilization were discovered and humans could dominate them, the creatures would be murdered, eaten, exhibited in circuses or zoos, and dissected dead or alive, in the same way some people do with animals.

“Unnecessary Fuss” is a film produced by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, founders of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), showing footage shot in the period 1983 to 1984 by researchers from the Head Injury Clinic, a laboratory at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, as they caused brain damage on baboons with a hydraulic device while laughing, smoking and playing loud music.

After the film was distributed to Congress and news media, the Office for Protection from Research Risks conducted an investigation which found serious violations of the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in the clinic. As a consequence of the case, and due mainly to the publicity, the Head Injury Clinic was closed down, the university’s chief veterinarian fired and the university placed on probation.

“This 1984 video was created from several hours of footage taken by vivisectors at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Head Injury Clinic”. This vivisection lab was set up and funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars to intentionally inflict severe head injury, and ultimately death, to primates. This type of vicious “research” continues in labs all over the world, torturing many different species of animals in many different ways, for no other reason than to land lucrative grants and subsidies in the tens of thousands or millions of dollars. Vivisection (experimentation on animals) serves absolutely no purpose. Vivisectors are deep in denial and steeped in the antiquated propaganda of such barbaric and ineffective methods. The vacuous victimization of these helpless animals is sickening, and those who engage in it contribute nothing but shame and perversion.”

Comment accompanying the following videos

Unnecessary Fuss 1

Unnecessary Fuss 2

The exposé led the U.S. government to cut off all funding for the experiments.

Much the same could and most likely does take place in laboratories all over the world. If you are opposed to animal experiments you may be interested in the following petitions and websites


Against Animal testing of any Kind- A care2 petition

Tell University of California to Stop Vivisection

Websites – may include petitions and other actions

Stop vivisection


National Anti-vivisection Society

The American Anti-vivisection Society

Just a few of the many societies and organisations that help stop vivisection(animal experimentation), there are many others in most countries.


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