When we were first alerted to the atrocities that were being committed in the name of education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, we sprung into immediate action through our action alert, on the streets, and in important meetings. The students there were being forced to mutilate and kill hundreds of dogs and other healthy animals each year in unnecessary, painful procedures. Thanks to public pressure, Ross University announced shortly after that it would no longer conduct harmful, invasive, or terminal experiments on dogs—although, sadly, they would continue to do so on donkeys, sheep, and goats.
Well, I’m excited to announce that today marks another step in the right direction for Ross University. While PETA protestors demonstrated outside DeVry’s shareholder meeting—DeVry being Ross University’s parent company—PETA Laboratory Methods Specialist Shalin Gala met with the bigwigs inside. The CEO informed him that Ross University will no longer perform terminal surgeries, full stop. Personally, I’d like to think that the giant, friendly “sheep” who were hanging around outside the meeting had something to do with that announcement! That or the thousands and thousands of messages from compassionate people that Ross University has received.
Rather than settling on this step forward, we will commit to re-doubling our efforts against Ross University and DeVry’s harmful experiement. It’s great that healthy animals at Ross will no longer be killed, but invasive procedures—such as severing the nerves in donkeys’ toes, cutting their ligaments, inserting plastic tubes through their noses and into their stomachs, surgically puncturing their abdomens, cutting their tracheas (or windpipes), and removing fluid from their joints—will presumably continue. Every little improvement helps, of course. But c’mon, Ross, catch up with the times and cut out the cruelty.
Here’s hoping that Ross University will continue to improve and eventually stop animal tests altogether. Feel free to drop them a line and tell them what you think!
Written by Amanda Schinke