Experimenters Urged to 'Begin Preparing for All On-Campus Research to Be Reduced' as Part of COVID-19 Response Plan
For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2020
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
University Park, Pa. – Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Pennsylvania State University has told experimenters to “immediately begin preparing for all on-campus research to be reduced to essential research-related activities,” that “no new animal work may be initiated,” and to “[p]repare to terminate projects that are underway,” which likely will lead to the killing of hundreds or more animals.
PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s president, Eric J. Barron, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments. The group is also asking the public to e-mail the university via this action alert to urge it to be transparent regarding how many animals it deems nonessential and euthanizes in response to COVID-19 and to stop all current and new animal experiments.
The school also needs to ban the breeding and purchase of animals and switch to superior, human-relevant research methods.
“Pennsylvania State University’s use of intelligent animals in experiments as though they were nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment is shameful,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “The COVID-19 pandemic should be a moral and scientific reckoning for the school, which conducts deadly experiments on animals it keeps inside small steel cages. If it can’t prove that the experiments are essential—and its response to the pandemic indicates that they’re not—it must not be permitted to continue squandering taxpayer money on them once the pandemic is over.”
Numerous published studies have shown that animal experimentation wastes resources and lives, as more than 90% of highly promising results from basic scientific research—much of it involving animal experimentation—fail to lead to treatments for humans. (Please read under “Lack of benefit for humans” here.) And 95% of new medications that are found to be effective in animals fail in human clinical trials.
PETA’s letter to the university is available here.