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PETA Calls On Party Leaders to Cut Spending on Silly Animal Tests in Light of New Video From Inside Oregon Laboratory
For Immediate Release:August 3, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Washington — As Congress continues to debate what to cut
from the U.S. budget, PETA has a bipartisan solution for the Obama administration
to save the government more than $16 billion per year: Cut public funding for
unethical and wasteful animal experiments.
To help make its case, PETA has released
never-before-seen video footage from a federally funded laboratory
at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), where infant monkeys
are terrorized with Mr. Potato Head dolls—whose large eyes naturally scare the
babies—to see if the offspring of monkeys who were fed high-fat diets while
pregnant are more scared of the dolls. Other fetal monkeys are cut from their
pregnant mothers' wombs and have their brains dissected. ONPRC experimenter
Kevin Grove, glowingly profiled in the New York Times and on ABC's Nightline,
has received more than $8 million in taxpayer money from the National
Institutes of Health—including nearly $100,000 in support from the Obama
stimulus package—for the ongoing project.
"Spending millions in public money to terrify infant
monkeys with Mr. Potato Head dolls is ethically, scientifically, and
financially indefensible," says PETA Vice President of Laboratory
Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "Wasteful spending on cruel and stupid
animal experiments like this one drains much-needed resources from our already
overburdened economy and health-care system."
PETA is asking members of Congress John Boehner, Nancy
Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell—charged with creating the 12-member Joint
Select Committee on Deficit Reduction―to ensure that this and other
wasteful animal experiments are put on the chopping block. PETA has also
written to several members of Congress—including Senators John McCain
(R-Ariz.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)―who have been critical
of the government's funding of useless research, in order to ask for their
For more information,
please visit PETA.org.
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