Gorilla Biscuits, CIV and Token Entry bassist Arthur Smilios was spotlighted in a PETA feature about his activism with regard to the military's use of primates in a monthly chemical attack preparation course. He contacted New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney about the practice in this open letter:
As a longtime advocate for animals, I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Army continues to poison dozens of vervet monkeys with enormous drug overdoses for a barbaric "show and tell" exercise in a monthly chemical attack preparation course at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground. The small, sensitive monkeys--who are each repeatedly subjected to this procedure for years--violently convulse, wretch and some even stop breathing.
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