The 2016-founded company Neuralink is developing a brain implant that will allow paralyzed people to move again and treat other neurological conditions.
Neuralink, a medical device business owned by Elon Musk, is apparently the subject of a government inquiry for possible breaches of animal welfare. According to the article, internal documentation and sources indicate that animal testing is proceeding too swiftly, which results in unnecessary suffering and death for the animals.
The 2016-founded company Neuralink is developing a brain implant that will allow paralyzed people to move again and treat other neurological conditions. The Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture began the previously unreported criminal inquiry at the request of a federal prosecutor, according to two persons familiar with the probe.
The Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the care and use of animals in scientific research and testing, is the major target of this inquiry, according to a report by Reuters (via FoxBusiness). In order to provide guidelines for the treatment of animals used in research, the Animal Welfare Act was created in 1966.
The investigation coincides with growing employee discontent regarding Neuralink’s animal testing, according to the report, which was based on an examination of numerous Neuralink documents and interviews with more than 20 current and former employees. This includes complaints that pressure from CEO Elon Musk to expedite development has led to failed experiments. Employees assert that more animals have been used in trials and killed as a result of the necessity to rerun tests that initially failed.
The USDA inspector general’s office spokeswoman declined to comment when asked if the government investigation looked at the same alleged problems with animal testing that workers in Reuters interviews had raised. Under U.S. law, there is no cap on the number of animals that can be used in research, and scientists are granted wide latitude in deciding when and how to conduct studies on animals. USDA inspections of Neuralink’s facilities reportedly went well, citing official documents.
Records show that the firm has put down about 1,500 animals since 2018, including more than 280 lambs, pigs, and monkeys. The sources regarded that amount as an approximation since the firm does not keep exact records on the number of animals tested and killed.
However, current and former Neuralink employees claim that Musk’s ambition to speed up research is the reason why more animals are dying than they should.
In one instance, the inquiry used a combination of business discussions, documents spanning several years, and staff interviews to discover four studies involving 86 pigs and two monkeys that were compromised by human mistakes in recent years. 25 pigs allegedly had gadgets inserted into them that were excessively big, according to a source. The author asserts that this error might have been avoided.
According to at least one former Neuralink employee, Musk expressed his dislike of using animals for research and his desire for them to live out their lives as “the happiest creatures.” Despite the fact that several employees have reported feeling under a lot of strain while working there