Cleveland Clinic Cover-Up: PETA Reveals Violations of Federal Guidelines

Published by Danny Prater.

PETA has just obtained damning federal documents revealing that while the Cleveland Clinic publicly denied the employee negligence and animal misery documented in our six-month undercover investigation into the institute, it privately admitted to multiple, similar violations of federal animal welfare guidelines.

cleveland clinic rabbit used in experiments

Among other incidents involving animals at the Cleveland Clinic documented between 2018 and 2021, workers did the following:

  • Confined mice to “heavily soiled” and “overcrowded” cages
  • Left animals locked in cages without food or water overnight
  • Repeatedly deviated from approved protocols, including by doing the following:
    • Inoculating mice with bacteria and injecting them with tumor cells
    • Applying hair-removal creams to the skin of mice, causing them lesions
    • Cutting off the tips of the tails of mice

In addition to rabbits and mice, the Cleveland Clinic imprisons monkeys, pigs, rats, hamsters, and other animals in its laboratories.

“These reports reveal again that the Cleveland Clinic is incapable of following the most basic animal welfare rules. PETA is calling on the National Institutes of Health to stop pouring taxpayer dollars down the drain at this sloppy, callous institution.”

—PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo

pigs another Cleveland Clinic animal laboratory victim

Taxpayer Dollars Flow Into the Animal Torture Den at the Cleveland Clinic

PETA has fired off a letter to Patricia Brown—director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—calling on her to withdraw the Public Health Service Animal Welfare Assurance granted to the Cleveland Clinic, without which it cannot receive funding from NIH to conduct experiments on animals. The agency awarded nearly $397 million in taxpayer funds to the Cleveland Clinic from 2018 to 2021 alone.

Cleveland Clinic animal experiments mouse brain

We noted that NIH policy requires grant recipients to comply with the federal Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, which the Cleveland Clinic has evidently ignored.

What You Can Do to Help Stop the Abuse of Animals at the Cleveland Clinic

Please join PETA and more than 100,000 compassionate people in calling on NIH to stop funding cruel experiments at the Cleveland Clinic.

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