According to Reuters news agency, which relied on internal papers and persons familiar with the probe, Neuralink, a start-up medical device business founded by Elon Musk, has come under scrutiny from the US authorities over alleged animal-welfare infractions.
Its animal testing is being rushed, resulting in unnecessary suffering and deaths, according to more than 20 current and former employees who spoke to Reuters. According to Reuters, which cited two persons with knowledge of the investigation, the US Department of Agriculture’s investigation recently got underway as a result of a request from the federal prosecutor.
Neuralink is working on a brain implant that it promises can restore movement to paralyzed patients and treat other neurological conditions. Approximately 1,500 animals, including more than 280 lambs, pigs, and monkeys, are said to have died as a result of trials since 2018. The number was a conservative estimate, according to Reuters, which cited insiders with firsthand knowledge of the company’s animal-testing procedures, because the corporation does not keep track of how many animals were tested and killed. Additionally, the staff members alleged that CEO Musk has been pressuring them to expedite animal testing, which has led to failed trials.
When tests are finished, animals are typically put to death so that the post-mortem can be examined for research.