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In the midst of the global pandemic and the public’s growing awareness of inequality, PETA unveiled a new exhibit, “Without Consent,” to open people’s eyes to the long history of suffering inflicted on nonconsenting animals in laboratories and to challenge them to rethink this exploitation. The enormous exhibit debuted in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, where research budgets are debated and allocated.
“Without Consent” draws a line from the past exploitation of vulnerable humans, including immigrant women in experimental gynecological surgeries, soldiers in LSD and poison gas tests, impoverished Black men in syphilis experiments, and orphans in tuberculosis experiments, to the torture of millions of animals in laboratories today. The exhibit graphically illustrates that society now understands that this human exploitation was wrong—and now, we need to see that the abuse of animals in laboratories is also wrong and must end.
The two 7-foot-by-7-foot cubes are covered with almost 200 stories of animals used in real-life experiments from decades ago through the present—including dogs forced to inhale cigarette smoke for months or electroshocked so many times that they gave up even trying to escape, newborn monkeys taken from their mothers and raised alone in a “pit of despair” to induce devastating mental illness, hamsters addicted to street drugs and forced to fight, mice who were cut up while still alive and conscious, and cats who were deafened, drowned, and paralyzed.
See ‘Without Consent’ on Tour
|May 6–9||Amherst, Massachusetts||North Common|
|May 12-16||Amherst, Massachusetts||North Common|
|May 20-27||Philadelphia||People’s Plaza|
|June 9-June 23||Washington, D.C.||Columbus Circle (Union Station)|
|August 9 – September 6||Washington, D.C.||The National Mall at 6th St|
We can’t change history—but we can help create a better future for animals.
At this moment, more than 100 million living, feeling beings just like you are being held prisoner in laboratories in the U.S. Each is an individual who experiences fear, loneliness, love, and pain, yet they are deprived of everything that might make their bleak lives worthwhile. They are constantly poked, prodded, biopsied, infected, injected, and robbed of their babies. Many are kept in isolation inside steel cages with nothing to see or do. Almost all of them will be killed if they survive the living conditions and tests.
We need to find a better way—and PETA scientists have developed it. The Research Modernization Deal outlines a roadmap and strategy for ending experiments on animals—and for conducting research that’s relevant to humans. We have sent copies of it to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies—except for the Environmental Protection Agency, which has already worked with our scientists to begin phasing out animal tests.
Take Action Now
We’re asking visitors to “Without Consent” to text WRONG to 73822 in order to urge NIH to end animal experiments.* Please join them.**
Then please send a polite e-mail to your members of Congress urging them to mandate that NIH stop throwing away taxpayer money on cruel, useless animal experiments and instead focus on modern, non-animal methods of research.**
*Terms for automated texts/calls from PETA: http://peta.vg/txt. Text STOP to end, HELP for more info. Msg/data rates may apply. U.S. only.
**These actions are limited to residents of the U.S. Discover six other ways you can help animals suffering in experiments no matter where you live.