Don’t Be Fooled by Ford’s Anti–Elon Musk Ad: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Detroit – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Shalin Gala regarding Ford Motor Company’s new ad that takes a jab at those who “fly away on their own personal spaceships when things get hard”:

Don’t be fooled by this Ford ad taking a not-so-subtle shot at Elon Musk. The car company is no better than the Tesla owner when it comes to horrific animal experiments. Musk has a long and disturbing history of harming animals, including shooting squid, mice, and water bears into outer space as well as implanting a computer chip into a monkey’s skull and coin-size computer chips into pigs’ brains. Likewise, Ford recently funded an experiment that involved obtaining 27 pigs, killing them, and then smashing pendulums into the animal cadavers while they were suspended in the air by wires through their spines—an obvious violation of the company’s 2009 policy agreement not to use animals. Ford’s ad can claim that its employees are “working together to move us all forward,” but that doesn’t change the fact that the company is stuck in the past with regard to animal testing.

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