PETA Files NIH Complaint Against Johns Hopkins University Over Animal Welfare Violation

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Baltimore – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Shalin Gala regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly released citation of Johns Hopkins University for a “critical” violation of federal Animal Welfare Act regulations, including failing to properly document how ill a rabbit became after being subjected to a tumor implantation. The animal received no veterinary care and had to be euthanized.

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) shouldn’t be trusted with even one more penny of taxpayer funding for experiments on animals. The USDA has cited JHU for a “critical” violation that resulted in the death of a rabbit, and today PETA filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health, which funnels more research money to JHU than to any other university in the country.

JHU’s obscene incompetence and neglect have resulted in multiple other violations of federal animal welfare regulations. A pig subjected to a heart experiment was found to have two broken elbows. Pigs were denied pain relief, and experimenters used an unsterile technique when cutting into monkeys’ skulls, causing serious infections and ultimately killing the animals. The university also failed for years to obtain proper permits to use owls in invasive and deadly brain experiments and then skirted Maryland law to continue harming and killing these birds.

JHU must redirect its resources toward modern, non-animal research methods by adopting PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.

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