On-Campus Digital Screen Slams Useless Animal Tests

PETA Scientists Offer Strategy for Modernizing Research

For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2022

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Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

New Haven, Conn. – PETA is exposing the waste and ineffectiveness of animal experiments with a message now up on a digital screen located at 77 Broadway on Yale University’s campus promoting PETA scientists’ Research Modernization Deal (RMD). The RMD offers a strategy for replacing scientifically useless tests on animals, like the cruel and archaic “chronic stress” experiments on baby monkeys, in which the infants were caged alone with “mobile, cloth-covered surrogates,” conducted by Yale experimenter Amanda Dettmer. Dettmer was taught her cruel “craft” by Stephen Suomi, who led horrendous psychological experiments on baby monkeys at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 30 years. Thanks to an intensive yearlong PETA campaign, NIH closed down Suomi’s lab in 2015.

“NIH is failing the public by squandering nearly half its annual budget on funding animal experiments at Yale University and other institutions, even though the vast majority of these cruel efforts don’t lead to treatments for humans,” says PETA neuroscientist Dr. Katherine Roe. “PETA is calling on Yale University to embrace the Research Modernization Deal and help move science into the 21st century.”

Developed by PETA scientists, the RMD outlines the overwhelming failure of animal experiments to lead to treatments or vaccines for HIV, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a host of other ailments. It provides a blueprint for phasing out the use of animals and implementing high-tech, cutting-edge, animal-free methods that are more likely to yield results relevant to humans.

Late last year after reviewing the RMD, members of the European Parliament voted in favor of developing an action plan and a timeline for phasing out animal experiments.

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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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