Experimenters Told That 'All Non-Essential Research Activities Are Suspended' as Part of COVID-19 Response Plan
For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2020
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Louisville, Ky. – Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Louisville has told experimenters that “all non-essential research activities are suspended” and that “[n]on-essential research studies and experiments that have not yet started should be immediately postponed,” which likely will lead to the killing of hundreds or more animals.
PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s president, Neeli Bendapudi, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments. PETA is also alerting the public to email the university via this Action Alert to urge transparency in how many animals the school deems nonessential and euthanizes in response to COVID-19 and to stop all current and new animal experiments.
The University of Louisville 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 Louisville’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 in small steel cages. If it can’t prove that these experiments on animals are essential—which by taking this action, they are saying they are not —it must not be permitted to continue squandering taxpayer money on inessential business-as-usual, 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.