Elon Musk’s Neuralink under investigation over animal cruelty, deaths

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Neuralink, Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company is under federal investigation over animal welfare abuse.
  • According to reports, around 1,500 animals were killed in experiments since 2018.
  • Neuralink employees told Reuters that Musk’s pressure-cooker work environment pushed them to commit careless errors.

Elon Musk’s company Neuralink is under investigation by federal agencies into alleged animal welfare violations, according to Reuters.

Musk helped cofound Neuralink, a neurotechnology company developing brain implants that could one day help paralyzed people walk again and help with other neurological issues.

While many companies tests on animals before humans to bring new products to the market, Neuralink employees told Reuters that the company had made several reckless errors involving incorrect surgical glue or the wrong-size brain chip, which caused scientists to have to kill those animals and start experiments over again. Reuters could not determine whether the federal probe involved the same alleged issues with animal testing that it found by talking to employees. 

Multiple workers reportedly said Musk told them to imagine a bomb was strapped to their heads to get them to move quicker.

“We are simply not moving fast enough. It is driving me nuts,” he reportedly wrote to staffers earlier this year. 

Representatives from Neuralink and the US Department of Agriculture did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Neuralink has passed all USDA inspections of its facilities, Reuters reports. 

Neuralink was founded by Musk and a group of scientists and engineers in 2016 to develop brain chips that would allow computers to read brain signals. Last week, Musk announced that it plans to begin human clinical trials next year and said he would try the brain chip device himself. 

Despite the pressure many employees reportedly have felt working at Neuralink, Musk had reportedly told at least one former employee that he disliked using animals for research and said he wanted them to be “the happiest animals” while alive. 

Neuralink has faced allegations of animal abuse in the past. Earlier this year, an animal-rights group accused the company’s researchers of subjecting monkeys to “extreme suffering” while testing brain implants. 

In one example of incidents the group provided, a monkey was allegedly missing fingers and toes “possibly from self-mutilation” after an experiment.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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12 thoughts on “Elon Musk’s Neuralink under investigation over animal cruelty, deaths

  1. My comment is, if these computer chips implants are being designed for humans, then test them on humans! We are
    quick to use animals to test everything prior to testing or using with humans. Animals are living breathing intities who were born and are part of a family system, so why must they be used and destroyed by human monsters for products, cures and then killed.

    This practice must stop! GOD LOVES HIS ANIMALS, TOO!

  2. If we held every executive, including those in business and in government, accountable for the reckless mistakes made by people who worked for them, we would have no executives in business nor in government. Hold people who make the mistakes accountable, not their superiors who may not actually know of the reckless practices until it is too late.

  3. Businesses that are found guilty do not go to jail. They pay fines and may be forced to cease and desist. The person who thinks humans should be used for testing should be the first in line.

  4. These whining workers blaming their boss fore their f-ups are total pos losers. If you screw up be a adult and admit you did so, don’t be a baby and blame it on others. If I was musk I would fire all those that make excuses for their f-ups and hire adults for their jobs.

  5. Hitler and his doctors agreed with some of those commenting. They also preferred human tests subjects.

  6. Musk is definitely not on the same platform as Fauci. Fauci we were told carried out tests on beagles that were not necessary. Musk has admitted it is wrong and even offered himself for testing.
    So Lefties keep your damaging words off Musk.

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