Revamp Research Amid COVID-19 Killing Spree of Animals in Labs

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Scores of animals who were previously slated for use in archaic laboratory experiments have been deemed by institutions as not "essential" and slaughtered as university labs shutter or dramatically ramp down operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animal experiments in labs across the U.S. and Canada are being ramped down, curtailed, or delayed, leading to a mass purge of animals not considered "critical" to the testing. But all this time, billions in taxpayer dollars have annually been funneled into these labs to fund these cruel tests because experimenters argue that animal testing is needed to advance human health.

But now, suddenly, poof! Experimenters are acknowledging that countless animals are actually unnecessary for medical research. Just like that. It's the kind of turn-around that could make your head spin. It begs the question: Why are taxpayer dollars being used on experiments that can easily be ended or delayed or that involve animals who, apparently, are considered by many universities to be extraneous to the testing in the first place?

Studies show that 90% of all basic research, most of which involves animals, fails to lead to human treatments. Also, 95% of all new medications that test safe and effective in animals fail in human trials. Yet the National Institutes of Health spends nearly half of its $40 billion research budget on animal tests, and universities—which are the primary recipients—don't want to stop this gravy train.

Animals can feel pain in the same way as humans. Just like us, they value their lives and don't want to suffer. Rats, for instance, who make up a large percentage of animals in laboratories, have taught themselves to open other rats' cage doors and have been shown to come to their aid instead of accepting a treat. In the ways that matter, humans and other animals are the same. There is no moral justification for exploiting animals for human purposes.

Leading a national effort, PETA has fired off letters to dozens of institutions that have directed staff to ramp down experiments, designate high numbers of animals as nonessential, and then kill them as part of the schools' COVID-19 response. Among other things, we demand that facilities be transparent and release the following key information to the public, since many of their animal experiments are taxpayer-funded:

  • A list of the animal experiments that will not continue since officials categorized them as extraneous, noncritical, nonessential, ramped down, disposable, or unnecessary
  • The number and species of animals who are used in these experiments
  • A notice of if, when, and how many of these animals have been and/or will be killed

Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, the University of California–San Diego, Washington State University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Michigan are among the institutions that PETA has called out for telling staff to kill animals deemed nonessential to experiments—a practice that the University of Montana classified as "reducing population numbers" of animals in laboratories.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, PETA urges every research university receiving public funds to do the following:

  • Stop all current and new animal experiments
  • Ban the breeding and purchase of animals for laboratories
  • Finalize and end ongoing experiments on animals
  • Prove that all these animals and experiments are concretely advancing human health—which we know universities can't do—and, if not, then switch to superior, non-animal research methods

You can help animals in laboratories at dozens of institutions. Take action now.

Mr.
Peter
Salovey, Ph.D.
Yale University
Petition
Target
Ms.
Carol L.
Folt, Ph.D
University of Southern California
Ms.
Martha E.
Pollack, Ph.D.
Cornell University
Mr.
Ronald J.
Daniels, L.L.M., J.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Mr.
Neeli
Bendapudi, Ph.D.
University of Louiseville
Dr.
Ana Mari
Cauce, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Mr.
Allan
Jones, Ph.D.
Allen Institute
Farnam
Jahanian, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
Mr.
Rafael
Reif, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mr.
Mitchell E.
Daniels, J.D.
Purdue University
Marc
Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Mr.
Ray L.
Watts, M.D.
The University of Alabama
Dr. Robert C.
Robbins
The University of Arizona
Mr.
Donald M.
Elliman, Jr.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Mr.
Bruce
Harreld
University of Iowa
Mr.
Eli
Capilouto, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Mr.
Bruce E.
Jarrell, MD, FACS
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Ms.
Joan T.A.
Gabel, J.D.
University of Minnesota
Mun Y.
Choi, Ph.D.
University of Missouri
Mr.
Kevin M.
Guskiewicz, Ph.D
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mr.
Patrick
Gallagher, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Meric
Gertler, Ph.D.
University of Toronto
Mr.
James E.
Ryan, J.D.
University of Virginia
Ms.
Rebecca
Blank, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gene
Block, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Ms.
Sophie
D’Amours, Ph.D.
Université Laval
E. Gordon
Gee, J.D., Ed.D
West Virginia University
Mr.
Andrew D.
Martin, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
Mr.
Thomas
Katsouleas, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
Mr.
William L.
Henrich, M.D., MACP
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Neville G.
Pinto, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Ángel
Cabrera,Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ms.
Linda A.
Livingstone, Ph.D.
Baylor University
Ms.
Kathryn
Correia
Legacy Health System
Mr.
Joseph
Frascella, Ph.D.
Legacy Research Institute and Legacy Health System
Royden J.
Somerville QC LLM, PhD
University of Otago
Mr.
Gary S.
May, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
Mr.
Eric J.
Barron, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Félix V.
Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D.
The City University of New York
Daniele C.
Struppa, Ph.D.
Chapman University
Mr.
Robert A.
Brown, Ph.D.
Boston University
Ms.
Noelle E.
Cockett, Ph.D.
Utah State University
Teik C.
Lim, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Arlington
Jere W.
Morehead
University of Georgia
Mr.
Philip P.
DiStefano, Ph.D
University of Colorado Boulder
Mr.
Ben G.
Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Ms.
Wendy
Wintersteen, Ph.D.
Iowa State University
Ms.
Suzanne
Fortier, Ph.D.
McGill University
Ginger
Druffel
Washington State University
Mr.
Robert
Barchi, Ph.D.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Mr.
Peter G.
Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Oregon Health and Science Univeristy
Elias Eldayrie
c/o Jennifer Snowden
UFL
Mr.
Jim
Prehn
LUC
Darryll J.
Pines
Ms.
Melody
Baker
Marquette University
Ms.
Claudia Gomez c/o
Dr. Gordon F. Tomaselli
Einstein
Mr.
Jeffrey
Cooper
Office of Government and Community Affairs
Ms.
Celia
Campbell
Tufts
Ms.
Rose
Garcia
Harvard
Ms.
Frances
Juhasz
Princeton
Ms.
Erin O'Brien
Wallace
Ms.
Allison
Bader
C. Cybele
Raver
Dr.
Susan
Fritz, Ph.D.
Dr.
Joshua
Adler, MD
Ms.
Rosie
Goldberg
Ms.
Becky
Rhode
Ms.
Emily
Bowling
Dr.
Norman B.
Anderson, Ph.D.
Mr.
Lee
Goldman
Columbia University Medical Center

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