Caged ‘Cats’ to Protest Pharmaceutical Companies’ Ties to Cruel Laboratory

PETA Will Call On Merck, Zoetis, and Bayer to Reconsider Funding Tests at—and Purchasing Animals From—Liberty Research

For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Newark, N.J.What:    Wearing cat masks and crammed into small cages, PETA supporters will brandish signs proclaiming, “Stop Experimenting on Me!” outside the New Jersey headquarters of Merck, Zoetis, and Bayer on Wednesday.

When:    Wednesday, June 28, 9 a.m.

Where:    Merck, 2000 Galloping Hill Rd., Kenilworth

When:    Wednesday, June 28, 12 noon

Where:    Zoetis, 10 Sylvan Way, Parsippany

When:    Wednesday, June 28, 4:30 p.m.

Where:    Bayer, 100 Bayer Blvd., Whippany

The protests come on the heels of PETA’s eyewitness exposé of Liberty Research, Inc., a Barton, New York, animal dealer and contract laboratory with which Merck, Zoetis, and Bayer have done business. Video footage and photographs captured by PETA’s eyewitness document dogs and cats held in miserable, barren conditions; denied adequate veterinary care; and killed in slow and stressful ways.  In experiments sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, dogs and cats were injected with drugs and exposed to viruses and then killed or used in additional tests. In one experiment, a worker drilled into the skulls of 30 dogs—some of whom hadn’t been adequately anesthetized and whimpered during the process—and injected distemper virus into their brains.

“Liberty Research has been caught treating sensitive, trusting dogs and cats like pieces of disposable laboratory equipment,” says PETA Chief of Laboratory Case Management Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is calling on Merck, Zoetis, and Bayer to review our evidence and reconsider doing business with a company that has so little regard for dogs and cats.”

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