PETA Statement on Animal Welfare Violations at UT-Austin

For Immediate Release:
June 8, 2021

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Austin, Texas – Please see PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna’s statement regarding federal documents that reveal three critical animal welfare violations at the University of Texas–Austin:

It appears that no animal is safe in the laboratories at the University of Texas–Austin—even beyond the cruel experiments conducted there. According to a just-posted federal inspection report obtained by PETA, experimenters failed to give adequate pain relief to a monkey who needed it, a marmoset escaped because a cage wasn’t properly secured—causing injury to another marmoset—and a vole was improperly euthanized and found alive, likely in a pile of dead bodies. Three serious issues with three species indicate that there are systemic problems woven into the fabric of UT-Austin’s laboratories. The university needs to suspend all animal experimentation and modernize its program to conduct research that helps humans without harming animals.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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