Selfies Needed to Help Save Owls at Johns Hopkins University

At a laboratory at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), experimenter Shreesh Mysore cuts into barn owls’ skulls, screws metal devices onto their heads, restrains the birds, and bombards them with noises and lights for hours—and pretends that doing this will tell us something about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in humans.

Owl in a cage

This owl is one of many imprisoned in Shreesh Mysore’s laboratory, where he cuts into their skulls and screws metal devices onto their heads in curiosity-driven experiments that have no relevance for human health.

PETA is asking you to help end this atrocity masquerading as science.

If you’re one of the millions who have been diagnosed with ADHD or other attention-deficit disorders, please take a photo of yourself holding a sign (or a message on a laptop or tablet) that reads in large, bold letters, “Talk to me. Stop torturing owls.” Please e-mail your photo to [email protected] with “JHU” in the subject line.

We’ll use these photos to send a powerful message to JHU that animals shouldn’t be tormented in your name and that the school should adopt animal-free, human-relevant research methods.

By sending us your photo(s), you represent and warrant that you have been diagnosed with ADHD or another attention-deficit disorder, that you’re the sole and exclusive owner of the photo(s), and that you irrevocably give PETA and other PETA entities the right to use, reproduce, and display the photo(s); distribute them to third parties; and create derivative works with your photo(s) in any manner and media, royalty-free and in perpetuity. You are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy and terms of submission, as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind