For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2023
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – To encourage empathy for animals who are mutilated and killed in university laboratories, PETA will visit the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) this week to launch Abduction, a unique virtual reality experience landing on college campuses across the country. In this eerie experience, visitors will enter a mysterious truck and put on a virtual reality headset. They’ll seemingly find themselves stranded in the desert with a couple of fellow humans, abducted by aliens, taken aboard a spaceship, and subjected to a terrifying experience similar to what animals endure in laboratories. They’ll watch as others are subjected to experiments—inspired by real tests done on animals—knowing that they’ll be next.
When: April 26–28, 1 p.m.
Where: Court of Sciences at UCLA, Los Angeles
Watch the trailer here. Broadcast-quality footage of the Abduction virtual reality experience is available upon request.
At UCLA, experimenters have burned and blocked pigs’ arteries to cause sudden cardiac death, induced epilepsy in rats who then experienced “wet-dog shakes” from tubes and drugs inserted deep into their brains, caused trauma to rats’ brains by implanting electrodes into their skulls, and performed other cruel procedures.
“Many students don’t know that on their own college campuses, frightened and confused animals are being tormented, mutilated, and killed in cold, barren laboratories, with no way to escape or even understand what’s happening to them,” says PETA Senior Director Rachelle Owen. “PETA is on a mission to open young people’s eyes to this cruelty, help them understand what it feels like, and motivate them to join our call for a switch to superior, non-animal research.”
Studies show that 90% of all basic research—most of which involves animals—fails to lead to treatments for humans, which is why PETA is pushing universities to pivot to sophisticated, human-relevant research methods.
Abduction—which was filmed in VR180 with assistance from the virtual reality creation studio Prosper XR—has stopped at several other college campuses from coast to coast.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.