‘Without Consent’ Documents Sordid History of U.S. Laboratory Exploitation

Published by PETA.

“Without Consent” on tour in 2023!

January 24–27 Los Angeles, CA Westwood Boulevard and Kinross Avenue
January 31–February 3 Los Angeles, CA University of California–Los Angeles
Bruin Plaza
February 6–10 San Diego, CA Balboa Park
February 21–25 Phoenix, AZ Patriots Square Park
March 8–11 Albuquerque, NM Old Town Plaza
March 20–24 Denver, CO Larimer Square
April 3–7 Salt Lake City, UT J. Willard Marriott Library
April 17–21 Seattle, WA University of Washington
The Quad
May 1–5 Portland, OR Portland Pioneer Square
May 17–21 Reno, NV Reno Arch
May 29–June 2 Davis, CA University of California–Davis
Memorial Union Quad

the without consent exhibit

Documenting a Long History of Violent Experiments

PETA’s landmark historical exhibit establishes a timeline of U.S. medical experimentation on vulnerable and oppressed humans—including immigrant women subjected to experimental gynecological surgeries, unknowing soldiers dosed with LSD or forced into racist poison gas tests, and Black men used in deadly syphilis experiments—as well as on nonconsenting animals. The exhibit’s 24 panels bear descriptions and photographs of nearly 200 tests conducted at U.S. institutions in recent decades.

Dogs and Other Animals Are Poisoned and Tormented

Almost 65,000 dogs are tormented in U.S. laboratories every year. Each is an individual who experiences fear, loneliness, love, and pain, yet they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them. They’re poked, prodded, biopsied, infected, injected, and robbed of their babies. Many are isolated inside steel cages, with nothing to see or do.

Dogs, who are remarkably social and intelligent and can recognize almost 200 human words, are a favored species in toxicology studies. In these experiments, large doses of a test substance—such as a drug, an industrial chemical, a pesticide, or a household product—are force-fed to animals or injected into their bodies, slowly poisoning them. Despite the availability of high-tech research methods—including organs-on-chips and high-speed computers programmed with human data—dogs are used in a variety of invasive and sometimes extremely painful experiments.

Each year, experimenters imprison over 110 million sentient beings—who value their lives just as we value ours—in laboratories across the U.S. Most of the animals who survive the horrors of experiments are killed.

PETA Has Been Making Waves for Dogs and Other Animals Used in Experiments

Thanks to a PETA undercover investigation into Inotiv’s now-shuttered Envigo dog-breeding facility in Virginia, 4,000 beagles bred for experiments have been rescued from the site.

“Without Consent” tells the true stories of dogs and other animals who were harmed and killed in experiments that they did not and could not consent to,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “Humans are only one animal species among many, and having the power to exploit the others does not give us the right to do so.”

‘Without Consent’: Looking at the Numbers

“Without Consent” first hit the streets in 2021, and its success continues:

  • The exhibit has traveled to 17 cities.
  • Over 9,300 leaflets with information about vivisection have been handed out.
  • Information about the horrors of experimentation has been shared with over 10,000 engaged visitors.
  • Almost 1,700 visitors have texted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in opposition to animal testing.
  • Over 1,500 visitors have contacted their legislators to oppose animal testing, urging them to endorse the Research Modernization Deal.

In creating a platform to raise awareness of how animals suffer in experiments and to encourage collective action to end cruel tests, “Without Consent” has been stunningly effective. We can’t change history—but we can help create a better future.

Take Action Now

PETA is calling on NIH—which spends over $21 billion in taxpayer funds annually on animal tests alone—to phase out these archaic experiments and adopt our Research Modernization Deal.

**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.

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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