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Burn Experiments on Mice a Waste of Time, Money, Lives

Written by PETA | February 19, 2013

PETA has opposed experiments on animals from its earliest days because they’re not only cruel but also unscientific. A few weeks ago, we told you about a government report highlighting the irrelevance of cruel experiments on chimpanzees. Now, a momentous study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers further proof that experiments on other animals don’t help humans. The report’s authors conclude that the results of sepsis and burn experiments on mice—like those performed at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)—cannot be applied to human beings, so their use represents a massive waste of time, money, and lives.

Bitter Medicine Is Hard to Swallow

The groundbreaking PNAS study took 10 years to complete and involved 39 researchers from institutions across the continent, including Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. As The New York Times reports, those scientists “report stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers—sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads. … [The study] helps explain why every one of nearly 150 drugs tested at huge expense in patients with sepsis has failed. The drug tests all were based on studies in mice. And mice, it turns out, have a disease that looks like sepsis in humans, but is very different from the human disease.” The researchers discovered the discrepancy after conducting humane, modern studies on cells from hundreds of human patients. Regarding the experiments on animals, the study’s lead author stated, “[Researchers] are so ingrained in trying to cure mice that they forget we are trying to cure humans.”

One of the forces behind the UTMB studies is Shriners International, which for years has funded cruel burn and sepsis experiments on mice, dogs, and other animals at UTMB and elsewhere and continues to do so even today. One UTMB experimenter, Daniel Traber, soaked up money for years in exchange for burning animals’ skin off. In one experiment uncovered by PETA, Traber torched mice with a Bunsen burner until more than 40 percent of their bodies were charred or forced them to inhale smoke—or both. The mice who survived this torture were finally killed.

What You Can Do

Please join PETA in urging Shriners International to pull its funding of these cruel and wasteful experiments in light of the damning new report of their fatal flaws.

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  • Catherine says:

    what the FUCK is wrong with people???? poor little guy :((( and for the people laughing about this, you’re vile and disgusting. Grow up!!

  • Animals are not people says:

    I think the commenters on this page are 10 years old.

  • sladjana Vojnovic says:

    This is unfair to treat animals and creatures liek this. It is sad to see humains use such torture towards another being. Animals are like us… They breath and eat.


    i wish i can become a Vegan, i really love animals!!

  • Joe Spinelli says:

    This is truly horrible, I mean mice are defenseless really and this is just a waste of time and lives of these poor mice. Really whats the point? This needs to stop

  • Ashley says:

    This is soooooooooooo horrible. I’m !@%#@# SICK of people thinking it’s okay to do this. They go day-by-day off to work and clearly see what they’re doing to these animals, and still they do it anyways. They’re minds are numb.

  • linda w. seely says:

    expeimenting on defendless animals is cruel and not necessary. this must stop. animals are tortured. I commend PETA for being involved for doing what is necessary to stop this horrendous experimentation on animals.. stop this!!!!!!!!!!!money is being wasted.

  • peta sucks says:

    hahahahahahahahaahahah this can never happen