‘Murder’ Ads Blast Tulane University’s Monkey Experiments

PETA Pulls School's Taxpayer-Funded Experiments on Primates Out of the Shadows

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2019

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

New Orleans – “If You Call It ‘Medical Research,’ You Can Get Away With Murder.” That’s the message on new PETA ads, now appearing on four bus shelters near Tulane University targeting the school’s Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) in Covington, where more than 5,000 monkeys are imprisoned for breeding or for use in cruel and worthless experiments.

The four bus shelters are located at the intersection of S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne avenues, at the intersection of Washington and S. Broad avenues, at 3016 Washington Ave., and at 2331 S. Carrollton Ave.

“Burning, poisoning, crippling, and blinding animals would be considered criminal cruelty anywhere except in a laboratory, where no experiment, no matter how painful, is prohibited by law,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on Tulane University to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on cruel experiments and to relinquish the thousands of suffering primates in its laboratory to reputable sanctuaries.”

Louisiana is home to 13 federally registered animal laboratories, including two of the largest primate laboratories in the U.S. The University of Louisiana owns and operates the New Iberia Research Center, a facility holding more than 7,500 primates who are used in cruel and deadly experiments or for breeding. The TNPRC specializes in experiments in which primates are intentionally infected with painful and debilitating diseases such as SARS, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and a monkey form of the HIV/AIDS virus.

The TNPRC is one of seven National Primate Research Centers around the country that are funded by the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH). PETA has already posted its message near the primate centers in Georgia, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin, and it’s targeting the remainder with ads in Davis, California, and Seattle. The group—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that Tulane received more than $71 million in 2018 in taxpayer-funded grants from NIH, approximately half of which were directed toward cruel and archaic experiments on monkeys and other animals.

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