A Monkey named Louis: UF gave him no pain relief for broken hip, made him suffer and deteriorate for a full year
In August of 2010, we learned about a monkey named Louis. A lab tech pleaded with UF to release him to a sanctuary and stop his suffering. While the lab tech was on vacation, Louis was murdered and incinerated on July 9, 2010. UF wanted to ensure that the world would never see his deteriorated condition or know his story. In October of 2010, NIO’s campaign against UF commenced. Now we know that Louis was allowed to languish in torment with a broken hip and never given any pain relief. His records document callous neglect, violations of the law, and incompetence. In death, Louis has a voice.
by NIO Florida
Complete Veterinary Record for “Louis” (2008 – 2010)
His Agonizing Incarceration & Death
Louis was a long-tailed macaque bred by Alpha Genesis for a life of torment. On February 25, 2008, this 5-year old and five other monkeys were sold to the University of Florida. Louis was delivered into the hands of Vivisector Stephen Roberts where, upon his incarceration in the dungeon, he immediately developed chronic anorexia and suffered from chronic vomiting.
We know from the University’s own records that on July 9, 2009 their vet determined that Louis had a severely injured bone — the femoral head — and was in tremendous pain. His leg was not attached to the joint!!! One must understand that this precise injury in humans would demand heavy pain medication as well as hip replacement surgery. Yet little Louis, with his bones grinding against each other, received no relief whatsoever and was made to suffer and deteriorate for another full year.
According to our UF source:
“Most traumatically, the femoral head from his right leg had deteriorated to the point where it was missing(!) This must have caused him excruciating pain. They knew about his severely injured bone since 7/9/09 – a full year before he was euthanized and he was never treated for the pain. The comment on his record at 7/9/09 was ‘Rads also revealed absence of femoral head on (r) leg w/ high degree of instability.’ ‘Instability’ means that the leg was not fully attached at the joint. Imagine trying to walk with deteriorated bone grinding against deteriorated bone during every step… it probably happened prior to his arrival at the lab as the degradation to the bone was very advanced. It’s very likely that the chronic pain from his hip was the stress that caused his continual upset stomach/gut, vomiting, and poor appetite/weight loss. They kept testing for parasites as a cause, but he was always negative. He should have been euthanized immediately upon discovery of his leg issue, or at least had his leg amputated, as would have been done for a pet.”
They waited a full year.
“They seem to have been put him in metabolic cages during the studies, similar to what Bergeron did. These cages are designed to allow for the collection of urine and feces to study drug metabolism. It seems that even though Louis wasn’t used nearly as much in experiments, he was put in the same room with his friends to reduce the anxiety of separation from the colony. Of course, that meant stressfully drugging him for each room transfer…
They keep commenting on how he’s quiet compared to others and doesn’t eat enough, but that seems to be normal for him. Well, YEAH – he’s in pain!
The only consequence of Louis’ agony for the vivisecting sadists appears in a rather chilling entry on the vet records dated April 26, 2010: “…Long term, this monkey has been unable to be used…”
Formal complaints against the University of Florida as well as Alpha Genesis will be forthcoming from Stop Animal Experimentation NOW (“SAEN”).
A funeral for Louis and the other victims of UF’s primate experimentation program will be held outside Emerson Hall on Saturday evening, February 4, as alumni gather to celebrate the “Gator Gala.”
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