Government Shutdown Would Put Animals In Laboratories in Even More Danger: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the care of animals in laboratories run by federal agencies:

Thousands of animals trapped in government laboratories must not be left to die in cages just because the government has shut down and staff aren’t getting paid to feed them and give them water. PETA wants to know what plans the National Institutes of Health and other agencies have in place to ensure proper care. Better yet, instead of abandoning animals or killing them, as many laboratories did during the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge federal agencies to end experiments on animals, which fail to help humans, and implement animal-free, human-relevant research methods that will actually yield needed treatments.

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