PETA Statement re Texas BioMed’s Withdrawal From Bond Measure

For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

San Antonio – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding Texas Biomedical Research University’s withdrawal of its request for $11 million from the taxpayer-funded San Antonio bond program:

This is a huge victory for San Antonio taxpayers, including the more than 22,000 who are PETA supporters, and for the monkeys who likely won’t be brought into the world just to be tormented at Texas Biomed’s Southwest National Primate Research Center. The primate center, where monkeys have been burned, left outside in frigid weather to develop frostbite, strangled to death, and have escaped multiple times, doesn’t deserve one penny of public funding, let alone $11 million. The primate center should stop harming monkeys in pointless experiments and close down now.

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