‘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’s exhibit, “Without Consent,” is opening people’s eyes to the long history of suffering inflicted on nonconsenting animals in laboratories and challenging them to rethink this exploitation.  The enormous exhibit debuted on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where research budgets are debated and allocated.

the without consent exhibit at capitol hill in washington dc

the without consent exhibit

“Without Consent” is a somber display, covered with hundreds of stories of animals in real-life experiments, educating the public about what has been done to animals in laboratories—and why it must be stopped. The walls of the exhibit tell true stories of the torture that animals endured in just some of the experiments conducted in the United States and funded by the National Institutes of Health. These stories are conjoined with images that are as daunting and unavoidable as the hideous cruelty they present. Each animal featured is an individual like you and me, yet they are deprived of everything. They are constantly poked, prodded, biopsied, infected, injected, and robbed of their babies. Many are kept in isolation in steel cages and almost all of them are killed.

the without consent exhibit

February 9-13 Miami, FL Brickell Ave & SE 13th St
February 23-27 Gainesville, FL Corner of University Ave & SW 13th St
March 9-13 New Orleans, LA Duncan Plaza
March 23-27 College Station, TX University Dr & Bizzell St
April 13-17 San Antonio, TX Alamo Plaza
April 27 – May 1 Baton Rouge, LA LSU Student Union
May 11-15 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
May 25-29 Durham, NC CCB Plaza

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.

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.**

*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