PETA Statement on Animal Welfare Violations at SRI International

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2022

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Menlo Park, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding SRI International’s citation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its violation of federal animal welfare law:

Force-feeding potentially poisonous chemicals to vulnerable dogs, monkeys, rabbits, and other animals in painful and deadly tests is bad enough, but the contract killers at SRI International in Menlo Park, California, can’t even keep the animals safe. According to a new federal inspection report obtained by PETA, because of SRI’s failure to ensure that animals are held in secure enclosures, a monkey escaped from her enclosure and sustained a bite wound. The citation follows an official warning posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in December 2021, after SRI experimenters administered a test compound into a monkey’s lungs rather than his stomach, resulting in his death.

The hundreds of animals experimented on and killed every year in SRI’s laboratories feel pain and value their lives just as much as any of the company’s executives—so SRI would do well to modernize its testing program by leaving archaic and cruel animal tests behind and using only modern, human-relevant research methodologies, as outlined in PETA’s Research Modernization Deal.

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