Elon Musk’s Neuralink Faces Animal Welfare Probe, Reuters Says
Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink Corp. is under federal investigation for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act amid staff complaints its animal testing is being rushed, Reuters reported.
The probe was opened in recent months by the US Department of Agriculture's Inspector General at the request of a federal prosecutor, Reuters said, citing people familiar with the investigation and company operations.
Musk has revealed ambitious plans for his startup, last week saying Neuralink is developing implants that can go into the spinal cord and potentially restore movement in someone suffering from paralysis, and an ocular implant meant to improve or restore human vision. During the event, Musk showed a video of a monkey “telepathically typing” on a screen in front of it.
Last year, Musk said Neuralink had installed a wireless implant into a monkey that allowed it to play video games with its mind.
Neuralink didn't respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg News. Musk and Neuralink representatives didn't respond to Reuters, and a spokesperson for the USDA Inspector General also declined to comment to the news outlet.
Neuralink has previously denied criticism it mistreats its monkey test subjects, after facing complaints from an animal rights group.