For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2022
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
Washington – To shine a light on the University of Massachusetts–Amherst’s (UMass) cruel, pointless, and deadly “menopause” experiments on marmosets, caged stuffed monkeys will line the sidewalks outside Wednesday’s “UMass in the City” alumni event while PETA supporters confront attendees with video footage from inside the laboratory.
When: Wednesday, June 8, 5 p.m.
Where: The Kimpton Banneker Hotel, 1315 16th St. N.W., Washington
Purportedly to study menopause, UMass experimenter Agnès Lacreuse cuts into and screws electrodes onto monkeys’ skulls, cuts into their necks, deprives them of water, restrains them for hours at a time, and torments them in various other ways—even though marmosets don’t even experience menopause. To simulate the condition, Lacreuse surgically removes their ovaries and then uses hand warmers on their bodies to mimic hot flashes.
“As UMass alumni enjoy drinks and appetizers at a boutique hotel, marmosets remain trapped inside cold, sterile cages and tormented in their university’s labs,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA urges the UMass community to rally their school to end these twisted experiments.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.