School Laboratories to 'Reduce Colony Size by Euthanizing Excess Animals'
For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2020
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Baltimore – Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Maryland–Baltimore (UMB) has told experimenters to “reduce colony size by euthanizing excess animals” and “consider evaluating all animals for status, meaning ‘high priority,’ ‘low priority’ and ‘euthanize first,'” which will likely lead to the killing of hundreds or more animals.
PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s interim president, Bruce E. Jarrell, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments.
PETA contends that UMB 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, PETA says.
“The University of Maryland–Baltimore’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 the university 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’s letter to the university is available here.