‘Without Consent’ Challenges Human Exploitation of Animals in Laboratories

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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.

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“Imagine having your body left to science while you’re still in it.”

“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.

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PETA supporters bearing flowers gathered at the exhibit for a candlelight vigil honoring the animals featured in the installation.

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Visitors to “Without Consent” are urged to text WRONG to 73822 in order to urge the world’s largest funder of research, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, to stop all funding of animal experiments.

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Humans are just one animal species among many, and having the power to exploit the others does not give us the right to do so.

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A candlelight vigil honored the animals featured in “Without Consent.” including infant monkeys taken from their mothers and raised alone in a “pit of despair” to cause devastating mental illness

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 6–9Amherst, MassachusettsNorth Common
May 12-16Amherst, MassachusettsNorth Common
May 20-27PhiladelphiaPeople’s Plaza
June 9-June 23Washington, D.C.Columbus Circle (Union Station)
August 9 – September 6Washington, 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.

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PETA’s huge “Without Consent” exhibit honors the hundreds of millions of victims of animal experimentation.

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.**

Tell Congress: Please End Wasteful Spending at NIH

*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.

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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