The use of animals in the testing phase of products or processes is a very common practice. In the case of Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the animal used in the experiments is a monkey, and now an animal rights group claims the company is exposing them to extreme suffering.
The accusation may delay Elon Musk’s plans.
according to interested in tradePhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an animal rights group, accuses Elon Musk's Neuralink of using monkeys for tests, and subjecting them to severe abuse and suffering.
The committee has filed a regulatory complaint with the USDA, claiming it has evidence that the monkeys used by Neuralink suffered "extreme suffering due to inadequate animal care and highly invasive experimental implants."
Adding to the strength of her complaint, the commission said it had 700 pages of documents to support the allegations. This was made possible by a public request from UC Davis, a university that has been collaborating with Neuralink.
Among the 23 monkeys who took part in the tests NeuralinkOnly seven of them were alive, in 2020, when the partnership between Elon Musk and UC Davis took off. Therefore, PCRM accused the university and the company of nine violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Why does Neuralink use slings?
Neuralink is a company owned by Elon Musk that is developing a brain chip that, when integrated into mammals, could boost brain activity. For example, it can help with the motor functions of paralyzed people, playing video games, and using a computer, among other activities.
In 2021, Neuralink show up The scientist has a video clip showing a monkey playing ping pong with his mind, using a company chip.
While Elon Musk is excited about this chip and sees this technology as an opportunity, if PCRM's claims prove true, the company's business could be significantly delayed.
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