Documented Cruelty inside Labs

While undercover inside the laboratories of the University of Utah (UU), PETA’s investigator documented rampant animal suffering and miserable living conditions, including the following:


  • Some experimenters and their staff discouraged animal caretakers from informing staff veterinarians when animals were suffering.
  • Mice whose back legs were paralyzed, rats suffering epileptic seizures, and mice with huge ulcerated tumors covering their bodies were left to suffer.
  • When veterinarians were informed of the suffering, they would sometimes take as a long as a week even to look at the animals.
  • A rabbit was left in a hallway without food or water for four days.
  • PETA’s investigator routinely found mice who had been allowed to die without any care.
  • Some animals had been dead for days, and their cagemates had to walk around their bodies to get to their food and water.
  • After a homeless cat who was bought from an animal shelter for $15 gave birth at UU’s laboratory, experimenters injected chemicals into her kittens’ brains. They all died.
  • One monkey was kept in solitary confinement, caged alone in a room with no chance to interact with or even see others of his own kind.
  • Experimenters kept some monkeys constantly thirsty so that they would cooperate during experiments just to get a few drops of water.

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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