CU Killed ‘Unnecessary’ Animals in Taxpayer-Funded Tests; PETA Demands Audits of Waste

For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Boulder, Colo.In letters sent this morning to several National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies, the NIH Office of Management Assessment, and the Colorado state auditor, PETA calls on officials to audit the use of and recover wasted taxpayer funds of at least $2,085,973 that the University of Colorado–Boulder used for experiments in which laboratories euthanized at least 124 animals deemed non-essential as part of the school’s COVID-19 response.

PETA notes that documents newly obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests confirm that CU-Boulder deemed animals used in taxpayer-funded experiments “unnecessary” and euthanized them per the school’s COVID-19 directive that urged staff to ramp down experiments in laboratories. PETA has also sent a letter to the school urging it to reimburse all taxpayer funds wasted in this animal purge.

“If CU-Boulder can deem animals ‘unnecessary’ and kill them in response to the COVID-19 purge in laboratories, then they should not have been bought, bred, trapped, or experimented on in the first place,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA calls on state and federal officials to audit the use of and recover taxpayer funds wasted on admittedly non-essential animal experiments at CU-Boulder and on NIH to reinvest in animal-free research that advances human health.”

Based on the FOIA records, CU-Boulder bred these “unnecessary” animals for crude experiments that induce crippling muscle injuries and lethal mutations affecting neural development, among other issues.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. PETA’s letters to state, federal, and university officials are available upon request. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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