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.
Edward
Burns, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University
Mr.
Allan
Jones, Ph.D.
Allen Institute
Farnam
Jahanian, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
Lee
Bollinger, J.D
Columbia 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
Mr.
Wallace D.
Loh
University of Maryland
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
Mr.
Timothy D.
Sands, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
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
Geneva
Ferrell
Brown University
Yvonne
Edwards
Berkeley
Ms.
Dana
Anderson
The University of Chicago
Ginger
Druffel
Washington State University
Mr.
Kent
Fuchs, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Ms.
Pamela
Barnes Dill
Tufts
Ms.
Christine E.
Gage
Princeton
Baylor
College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Philip Keith
Moore
National University of Singapore
Mr.
Robert
Barchi, Ph.D.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Mr.
Peter G.
Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Oregon Health and Science Univeristy
Ms.
Annie
Merkle
New York University
Rae
Goodman
University of Pennsylvania
Michael W.
Young, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Ms.
Karen
Markin
University of Rhode Island
Jian
Cao
Northwestern University
Mr.
Brian
Smith
University of California, San Francisco
Lesli
Howard
Harvard University
Ms.
Julie
Sommer
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Ms.
Laurel
Fulkerson
Florida State University
Mr.
Richard
Scharschmidt
Ohio State University
Dr.
Dr. Kati
Tusinski Berg
Marquette University
Mr.
Patrick
Green
Loyola University Chicago
Dr.
Zafar
Chaudry, MD, MS, MIS, MBA
Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Ms.
Judy
Bruner

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