PETA Vice President and Western University Alumna to Take Speaking Tour to Alma Mater

Dr. Alka Chandna's Thought-Provoking Lecture Will Empower Students to Reject Experiments on Animals

For Immediate Release:
October 25, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7282

London, Ontario – On Monday, PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna’s speaking tour of four North American universities will make a rousing stop at Western University. Her talk, titled, “Using Science to Advocate for Animal Rights,” will touch on some of PETA’s campaigns to end cruel experiments on animals and will equip students to speak out against animal tests and to demand superior, non-animal research instead.

 “Students may spend years at a college without knowing that right under their noses, animals are being mutilated, drowned, poisoned, addicted to drugs, blinded, and tormented in useless experiments that do nothing to advance our understanding of human health,” says PETA Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “Dr. Chandna’s talk will shine a spotlight on this abuse and inspire kind students at Western University and elsewhere to take action.”

Studies show that more than 90% of basic research in the biological sciences—most of which involves experiments on animals—doesn’t lead to treatments for humans. Government officials also admit that 95% of all new drugs that test safe and effective on animals fail in human trials, either because they simply don’t work or because they’re unsafe.

Dr. Chandna’s work for animals includes PETA’s successful campaign to end a series of maternal-deprivation experiments on monkeys at the National Institutes of Health.

When:     Monday, October 28, 6–8 p.m.

Where:     Western University, Natural Sciences Centre, Room 7, 1151 Richmond St., London

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

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