Updates: Campaign to Urge the University of Massachusetts–Amherst to Modernize Its Research

At the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass), experimenter Agnès Lacreuse drills holes into the skulls of small marmosets, threads electrode leads through their abdomens, zip-ties them into restraining devices, and overheats them with hand warmers to simulate hot flashes associated with menopause—which they don’t even experience naturally. PETA scientists met with UMass officials to discuss modernizing their research program, including by eliminating experiments on sensitive monkeys like those in Lacreuse’s laboratory, but kowtowing to its animal experimenters, the school abruptly shut down good-faith discussions. Urge UMass to return to the negotiating table.

PETA Blog: UMass Experimenter’s Make-Believe Science Wouldn’t Even Pass Muster on the Playground

May 19, 2021

Marmosets don’t experience menopause, but UMass experimenter Agnès Lacreuse has hauled in more than $3.8 million in taxpayers’ hard-earned money to play pretend. She’s devised a trick so preposterous that even the first graders sitting in the sandbox are giving her side eye: She uses hand warmers on the tiny monkeys to mimic hot flashes. Don’t miss the whispers in the schoolyard—get the scoop here.


Ads Urge UMass to Stop Clinging to Medieval Methods and Embrace 21st Century Research

May 15, 2021

PETA’s incisive full-page ads in The Boston Globe and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, which were seen by Massachusetts residents perusing their morning paper the weekend of May 15, pressure UMass to resume negotiations with PETA about swapping its archaic animal experiments for modern methods. University officials had previously met with PETA scientists to discuss reducing suffering in their laboratories but then slammed the door on further dialog.

UMass Backward Science Ad


PETA’s Exhibit Highlights the Plight of Nonconsenting Animals Exploited in Experiments

May 6, 2021

Spotlighting the stories of animals who have been cut open, poisoned, maimed, and killed in a century of painful and deadly experiments, PETA’s “Without Consent” exhibit challenges institutions—including UMass—to rethink this exploitative, expensive, cruel, and archaic idea of science and replace it with state-of-the-art, animal-free research. The traveling exhibit dropped by the Amherst North Town Common, but you don’t have to be anywhere near Massachusetts to view it virtually.

Demand That UMass Resume Talks to Spare Animals

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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