Katherine Roe: May 12, 2020


PETA Urges National Institutes of Health to Halt Inhumane Experiments


Katherine Roe

Research Associate, PETA Laboratory Investigations Department


Are the days of inhumane laboratory experiments on animals a thing of the past? We’re currently in the age of brain imaging and superior human-based research methods that allow us to study the causes and treatments of mental illness in humans without subjecting vulnerable animals to painful and traumatic experiments.  Surprisingly, millions of taxpayer dollars are still being used to perform unnecessary experiments on monkeys. 



  • Scientists have been investigating the roles of different brain regions for decades using non-invasive neuroimaging to understand the role of the different regions of the brain and its effect on human emotional regulation and behavioral flexibility.
  • Inhumane experiments at the National Institutes of Health have been performed on dozens (possibly hundreds) of monkeys, yet have failed to produce a single treatment to help humans who suffer with neuropsychiatric conditions.
  • Monkeys’ brains are not an appropriate “model” for the human conditions they are being tested for. These monkeys are already traumatized from being held captive—most often, in solitary confinement—that immediately invalidate the results obtained from the experiments, among which involve brain damaging monkeys and then frightening them with rubber snakes and spiders.


On April 30th, Katherine Roe, Research Associate at PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department, will be available to discuss how we can save both humans and animals by doing away with cruel and wasteful monkey experiments in favor of modern, non-animal, useful research methods.


For more information please visit www.peta.org



Katherine Roe, Ph.D., is a research associate with the Laboratory Investigations Department of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), where she liaises with government funding agencies, universities, and corporations to end harmful and ineffective neuroscience and psychological experiments on animals. She helped dissuade the National Institutes of Health from increasing its use of monkeys in biomedical tests and is currently working to end experiments on dogs at Texas A&M University, on barn owls at Johns Hopkins University, and on wild-caught birds at Colorado State University. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and earned a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of California–San Diego. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has conducted research at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Mental Health.


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