Instagram has censored the founder of SPARTN Monkey Rescue for blasting Dr. Anthony Fauci over experimental COVID vaccines being injected into sanctuary primates.
Michael Robison, a primate expert and rescuer, had stated that Fauci “just helped fund a $37M experimental vaccine trial on 77 chimps via a partnership with Zoetis/Pfizer at a Georgia sanctuary!”
“Chimps that were rescued from this mess and other abuse… are now part of the largest animal testing trial in history at his guidance,” Robison continued.
— Michael Robison (@MichaelRobison) October 26, 2021
Robison added that the use of the experimental vaccines in these rescued primates is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and the CHIMPS Act, both of which are federal laws, “for a version of the vaccine meant for kids!”
The comments were flagged by Instagram for possibly “containing racist language or other content that goes against our community guidelines.”
Robison is a well-respected rescuer who has developed quite a following on social media for his charming videos of monkeys and other animals that he has saved.
***SPARTN is a registered 501c3 pic.twitter.com/sXqYN2xOLF
— Michael Robison (@MichaelRobison) October 15, 2021
Robison was also recently censored on Twitter for speaking out about his own regrets about getting the vaccine after suffering severe side effects — making his desire to defend the chimps even more urgent.
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Those who wish to help SPARTN rescue more animals and expand their efforts can do so here.
As Gateway Pundit previously reported, one of the largest vaccine testing trials in history will be taking place at Project Chimps — a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals allied “sanctuary” for great apes.
Project Chimps was founded in 2014 following the end of National Institutes of Health funding for biomedical research on these animals.
“About 70% of the chimpanzees at Project Chimps have been trained to receive voluntary injections, and the staff is working on preparing the rest,” Science Magazine reports.
The nonhuman COVID-19 vaccine was created by Zoetis, a U.S. company that was originally the animal division of Pfizer. It has only been authorized for experimental use in animals.
Testing experimental vaccines on these chimps, many of whom were already used for animal research in the past, does appear to be a direct violation of the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Management and Protection (CHIMP) Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Under the CHIMP Act, which passed in 2007, chimpanzees that are retired from biomedical research are prohibited from being returned to laboratories or used for experimentation.
When primates were previously used for testing an Ebola vaccine, the trial was shut down after 28 days for violating the Endangered Species Act. In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service changed the ESA to list all chimpanzees – both captive and wild – as endangered.
Project Chimps is trying to present the use of this experimental vaccine as a simple effort to “protect” the animals, but many aren’t buying it.
Currently, there is a shortage of primates for animal testing in the United States due to how many were used for COVID vaccine testing last year. Additionally, the macaque monkeys that they were using have the wrong cell receptor and only get mildly sick from COVID.
“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos all share versions of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, the cell surface receptor to which SARS-CoV-2 binds to initiate infections,” Science Magazine reported.
Essentially, researchers want to test on something closer to humans. Great apes are susceptible to COVID and chimpanzees specifically are considered an “ideal” research subject because they share more than 98% of their DNA with humans.
“Monkeys can be challenged—that is, deliberately infected with COVID-19 after being given an experimental vaccine. Researchers can then follow the animals’ exact progression of disease or lack thereof, tracking how quickly antibody levels shoot up or whether a vaccine reduces how long the monkey sheds the virus,” the Atlanta reported last year. “These details are harder to get in human trials because people are naturally exposed to COVID-19 and aren’t being monitored every day. (Although some researchers have proposed human challenge trials for COVID-19, the idea is controversial and none has begun.)”
“The U.S. government declared in 2015 that it would stop funding invasive chimpanzee research, and in 2016 the largest private chimpanzee research facility in the world pledged to send all 220 of its chimpanzees to Project Chimps within 5 years. That process has been slower than expected and mired in controversy; so far, 80 chimps have been relocated to Project Chimps,” Science Magazine reports. This total includes animals that have been moved from other, smaller, sanctuaries.
Despite 80 chimps being moved there since it began, there are currently only 77 chimps in their care. This is because they got three of them killed last year by recklessly placing them in enclosures with more aggressive animals.
Last July, PETA had to issue a statement responding to twenty-two whistleblowers from Project Chimps who alleged severe animal abuse at their facilities. They did not end their relationship with the organization.