Animal Rights Display at UMass Slashed: Up to $5,000 Reward Offered

For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Amherst, Mass. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal who used a razor blade to slash up and destroy the group’s display at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass). Photos of the vandalism are here.

PETA brought the exhibit—“Without Consent,” which examines the history of experiments on animals from the 1920s through today—to UMass as part of its campaign against Agnès Lacreuse’s menopause experiments on marmosets.

The vandal attacked the display around 3:30 p.m. ET today. As PETA reported to police, a young man in his late teens or early twenties was spotted fleeing the scene; PETA’s witness describes him as white, approximately 6 feet tall, with shaggy brown hair, and wearing a plaid flannel jacket. Police are looking for the perpetrator and checking nearby CCTV cameras for footage of the crime.

“A violent man may have vandalized PETA’s display, but we’ll still be at UMass next week to speak up in behalf of the tiny marmosets who are mutilated and killed in Agnès Lacreuse’s laboratory,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA urges everyone to be on the alert for a young man on campus with a sharp object, as other students may be at risk. We suggest that police start with workers in Lacreuse’s laboratory.”

Without Consent panels vandalized at University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass)PETA

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