Experimenters Told 'Non-Essential Animal Research' Should Be 'Drawn Down and Halted' as Part of COVID-19 Response Plan, Which Likely Means the Killing of Animals
For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2020
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Kingston, R.I. – Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Rhode Island has informed its experimenters that “[a]ll non-essential animal research … needs to be drawn down and halted” and that “preparations should be made [for long-term studies] to reduce animal counts to [the minimum number] needed to complete study goals,” which will likely lead to the killing of at least hundreds of animals.
PETA fired off a letter today to the university’s president, David M. Dooley, demanding to know why the school conducts noncritical animal experiments.
The University of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island’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’s letter to the university is available here.