COVID-19, Whistleblower Prompt PETA Call for Rutgers University to Shut Down Animal Labs

Group Publicizes School’s Plan for ‘Euthanizing the Animals,’ Urges Release of Information on Cruel and Deadly Taxpayer-Funded Experiments

For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2020

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New Brunswick, N.J.

A whistleblower has leaked disturbing evidence to PETA that Rutgers University suspended all “non-critical” research activities and implemented a five-stage COVID-19 response plan that involves the euthanasia of animals confined or used in the school’s laboratories.

PETA fired off a letter today to Rutgers President Robert Barchi 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 the number of animals it deems non-essential and euthanizes in response to COVID-19 and to stop all current and new animal experiments.

“Rutgers University’s use of intelligent and sensitive 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 animals used in its 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 animal tests 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 testing—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 safe and 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 or click here.

PETA’s letter to Barchi is available here.

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