PETA Files NIH Complaint Against University of Maryland After Animals Starve to Death

For Immediate Release:
July 5, 2023

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

College Park, Md. – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding the critical violation of federal animal welfare regulations posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the University of Maryland regarding three gerbils who starved to death:

If experimenters at the University of Maryland can’t even feed the animals they imprison, what can they do right? PETA has filed a complaint with the National Institutes of Health, calling on the agency to turn off the money spigot to the school after three gerbils were found starved to death in their cage on March 22. Staff forgot to feed them.

It’s this kind of obscene, cruel incompetence that proves the university doesn’t deserve a single penny more of taxpayer money to support its cruelty.

The University of Maryland should redirect its resources toward modern, non-animal research methods that will actually help humans, and we urge officials there to adopt PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.

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