PETA’s ‘Owl’ to Deliver Nearly 300,000 Petitions to Johns Hopkins President in Protest of Cruel Experiments

For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382

Baltimore – On Tuesday, a PETA supporter in an owl costume will deliver nearly 300,000 petitions to the office of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) President Ronald Daniels while leading activists in a spirited protest of JHU experimenter Shreesh Mysore’s appallingly cruel, admittedly worthless, and apparently illegal brain experiments on barn owls.

When:    Tuesday, April 6, 12 noon–1 p.m.

Where:    JHU, 3400 N. Charles St. (at the main entrance of Garland Hall), Baltimore

Mysore cuts into barn owls’ skulls, implants electrodes in their brains, forces the birds into plastic tubes or jackets so cramped that they can’t move their wings, clamps their eyes open, and bombards them with sounds and lights for up to 12 hours. Eventually, they’re killed. Mysore intends to use up to 60 barn owls in the current set of experiments—including six birds just for surgical practice for his staff.

“Barn owls mate for life, bond with their siblings, share their nests with other species, and don’t belong in an experimental rig any more than we do,” says PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna. “PETA is urging Johns Hopkins to shut down its barbaric brain experiments on owls, which fail to advance human health and have cost taxpayers more than $2.5 million.”

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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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