COVID-19 Prompts PETA Call for University of Alabama at Birmingham to Shut Down Animal Labs

Experimenters Told to 'Limit Operations to Essential Research' as Part of COVID-19 Response Plan, Which Likely Means Killing Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2020

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Birmingham, Ala. – Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has instructed its experimenters to “limit operations to essential research” and to mark “priority cages,” which will likely lead to the killing of at least hundreds of animals.

PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s president, Ray L. Watts, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments.

UAB needs to stop all current and new animal experiments, ban the breeding and purchase of animals, and switch to superior, human-relevant research methods. The school also needs to tell taxpayers how many animals it deemed extraneous and killed in response to COVID-19.

“The University of Alabama at Birmingham’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. If it can’t prove that the animals used in its experiments are needed—which we know it can’t—it shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money on them.”

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—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.

PETA’s letter to the university is available here.

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