Giant ‘Mouse’ to Protest Animal Experimenters’ National Meeting

PETA Calls for Animal Liberation As Pew Research Poll Reports That Majority of Americans Oppose the Use of Animals in Experiments

For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2018

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baltimore What:    On Monday, a giant “mouse” will lead PETA supporters and local activists in a spirited protest outside the annual national meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Baltimore—which is touted as the world’s largest gathering of animal experimenters. Protesters will hold signs proclaiming, “If You Call It Medical Research, You Can Get Away With Murder” and “Animals Deserve Better.”

When:    Monday, October 29, 12 noon

Where:    1 W. Pratt St. (between S. Sharp and S. Howard streets), Baltimore

“If you burned, cut up, or sickened an animal as experimenters do, you’d be charged with cruelty—but nothing is illegal inside a laboratory,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on AALAS to get with the times, stop subjecting animals to hideously cruel and ineffective experiments, and use superior, high-tech, non-animal research methods instead.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—notes that animals used for experiments are confined to barren cages, where they’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them. Experimenters force-feed them chemicals, infect them with diseases, implant wires in their brains, crush their spines, burn them, and blind them, among numerous other abuses.

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