In laboratories across the United States, millions of animals are suffering in horrible ways—and you're paying for it. On the taxpayers' dime, animals in laboratories are routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, burned, decompressed, electrocuted, irradiated, shot, addicted to drugs, and psychologically tortured.
In 2010 alone, universities, colleges, hospitals, and other institutions received approximately $12 billion for projects involving cruel experiments on animals. Public funds have recently been squandered on the following inhumane studies:
- At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, rabbits were restrained, their necks were cut open, and blood clots were injected into their carotid arteries to induce strokes while they were fully awake. Experimenters watched as rabbits suffered, became paralyzed, lost their balance and the feeling in their faces, and died.
- At Harvard, experimenters addicted monkeys to cocaine and amphetamine and then gave them a sleep-disorder drug to see how it affected cocaine use.
- At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, experimenters staged fights between animals by locking large, aggressive mice and smaller, weaker mice together in cages that the animals couldn't escape from. The experimenters watched while the weaker ones were beaten up and bitten repeatedly for as long as 10 minutes.
- At the University of Washington in Seattle, dogs had holes cut into their chests, had tubes inserted into their arteries, were forced to run on treadmills, and were then killed and dissected.
PETA recently placed these ads in Los Angeles, Boston, Madison, and Seattle near the laboratories where these publicly funded acts of animal abuse took place.
Please help PETA end this cruelty by using the form below to contact your representative and senators in Congress. Respectfully urge them to divert public money from cruel animal experiments into promising, lifesaving, and relevant clinical and non-animal research.
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