Originally posted by Tube
And no you don't need a license. My friend operated on chimps as a first year graduate student in psychology, and never received any sort of anatomy training on humans or animals.
Your friend was a graduate student and, I would suspect, performed the chimp procedures at the university - not in his basement. Undoubtedly, the university had the proper permits to perform those procedures and it was left up to them to properly execute the necessary permissions.
I’m not just bullshitting. This goes back years and years. If you ever read about the Zodiac serial killer in Calif back in the 1960’s-70’s. They had a prime suspect and one day when they searched the guy’s apartment they found a bunch of squirrels - some live, some dead, some frozen, others were even stuck to boards with pegs. The detectives said, “Aha! We can bring him in on these charges.” And they hoped to work him over. Alas, he produced the necessary permits to conduct those experiments, and so they had to leave him be (but permits were required - and still are). If you have an doubts, just contact your local SPCA or even a police department.
I am certain that you are mistaken.