PETA Welcomes NIH Plan to Strengthen Support for Animal-Free Research

For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2024

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Please see the following statement from neuroscientist and PETA Director of Scientific Advancement and Outreach Dr. Emily Trunnell regarding the National Institutes of Health’s release of its new “Statement on Catalyzing the Development of Novel Alternative Methods”:

NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli’s plan to prioritize non-animal research methods could eventually save millions of lives—both human and animal. Scientists at PETA are relieved to see many of our recommendations reflected in the steps outlined by the director, and we look forward to seeing them speedily implemented.

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