PETA Vice President to Take Speaking Tour to Johns Hopkins University

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

For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

BaltimoreWhat:    On Thursday, PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna will kick off her speaking tour of four North American universities with a rousing stop at Johns Hopkins 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—including Johns Hopkins’ hideously painful and irrelevant brain tests on barn owls—and will equip students to speak out against animal tests and to demand superior, non-animal research instead.

Where:    Johns Hopkins University, Charles Commons, Salon A, 3301 N. Charles St., Baltimore

When:    Thursday, October 24,  6–8 p.m.

“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 Johns Hopkins 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.

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.

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



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