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Victory at the U Reaps Bigger Gains

Written by PETA | March 9, 2011

We recently told you about how an intensive year-long campaign that was launched in the wake of PETA’s shocking undercover investigation at the University of Utah (the U) finally prompted the school to stop experimenting on cats and dogs from local animal shelters. The U’s laboratories were the last in the state to buy animals from shelters, which means that cats and dogs in Utah animal shelters are no longer at risk for having holes drilled into their skulls or having their chests cut open for cruel and deadly experiments. But even we are still learning that this is only one of the many ways that animals’ lives are being saved by our campaign in Utah.

According to The Salt Lake Tribunesome U experiments have “completely halted” now that faculty members can no longer exploit animal shelters as a cheap and easy source of test subjects. The inability to obtain animals from shelters may have also helped prompt the U and the Primary Children’s Medical Center to end the use of cats for intubation training (which PETA had also vigorously protested) and to switch to infant-patient simulators.

As part of our efforts to end the sale of shelter animals to the U, PETA had also erected a billboard urging the last shelter in the state that was still selling animals to the U to end the shameful practice. While our intent was to expose the shelter’s complicity, the effects appear to be much more far-reaching. The shelter’s leadership has stated that PETA’s billboard actually boosted adoptions at the shelter, presumably because compassionate people who learned from our billboard about the possible fate of these animals flocked to the shelter to save the dogs and cats from misery in a laboratory. And since the U agreed to stop buying animals from this shelter, several rescue groups are now working to lower euthanasia rates by getting the shelter’s animals placed into foster programs and permanent, loving homes.

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What started as an undercover investigation to expose the horrors of animal testing at one university has changed the lives of animals all over Utah forever. None of it would have been possible without your support. Thank you.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • PETA says:

    Hannibal, medical historians tell us that the majority of true medical breakthroughs have occurred in the clinic, not in animal laboratories. Animals absorb, metabolize, and eliminate substances differently than humans do. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 92 percent of drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animals fail in human trials, because they don’t work or are actually dangerous. For more information about why we should not use animals in experiments, alternative methods, and other topics, please see the following Web site:

  • mariona says:


  • Sherri says:

    Thank you PETA

  • john says:

    Thank you PETA and thank you to everyone who helped out in support. These animals just need a loving home and did nothing to deserve this mis-treatment. I hope we can all take this advice and if you know someone who does not have any animals in their home try convincing them to adopt one. I myself have a Yorkshire terrier and he is the world to me. I hope we can all keep up the efforts to help animals stay safe in loving homes. Again thanks everyone and PETA. Because of you and success stories like this I am able to make it through my day.

  • Beth says:

    Thank you PETA, “The U”, and everyone in Utah for adopting a shelter animal. Everyone wins here, especially our four-legged family.

  • Shawn says:

    Thanks so much, I’m so glad those animals are free at last.

  • Hannibal the cannibal says:

    Thanks to PETA,the researchers working in this university will now be unable to do their research for the benefit of mankind.And all this for the “wellfare” of a few cats and dogs…….

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  • Belle says:

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

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  • hidemi says:

    Amazing PETA. The animals love you!

  • babble says:

    [University of Utah agrees to stop using shelter animals for experimentation.]

  • tiffantdixon says:

    What a great story. Way to go!!! Animals in shelters deserve nothing but a loving home, they should never be sold for experimentation! Thank u again peta and everyone who wrote letters!! Keep up the fight for those who can’t fight for themselves!!!

  • Shannon says:

    So have they agreed to stop all testing on animals? That is so great good work PETA!!!

  • Liz says:

    Thank you for all of your efforts and congratulations on your success. I hope that you will be able to turn your attention to the University of Wisconsin-Madison next. They are getting dogs from the Humane Society there to use for their experiments–and they newly elected governor has added language to continue that agreement to his recent legislation. Thank you.

  • Aneliese says:

    So glad to hear about this!